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Definitions for ransack
ˈræn sækran·sack

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, forayverb

    steal goods; take as spoils

    "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

  2. comb, ransackverb

    search thoroughly

    "They combed the area for the missing child"

Wiktionary

  1. ransackverb

    To loot or pillage. See also sack.

    Etymology: From ransaken, from rannsakka, from rann + saka; probably influenced by sack

  2. ransackverb

    To make a vigorous and thorough search of (a place, person) with a view to stealing something, especially when leaving behind a state of disarray.

    Etymology: From ransaken, from rannsakka, from rann + saka; probably influenced by sack

  3. ransackverb

    To examine carefully; to investigate.

    Etymology: From ransaken, from rannsakka, from rann + saka; probably influenced by sack

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ransackverb

    to search thoroughly; to search every place or part of; as, to ransack a house

    Etymology: [OE. ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house (akin to Goth. razn house, AS. rsn plank, beam) + the root of skja to seek, akin to E. seek. See Seek, and cf. Rest repose.]

  2. Ransackverb

    to plunder; to pillage completely

    Etymology: [OE. ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house (akin to Goth. razn house, AS. rsn plank, beam) + the root of skja to seek, akin to E. seek. See Seek, and cf. Rest repose.]

  3. Ransackverb

    to violate; to ravish; to defiour

    Etymology: [OE. ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house (akin to Goth. razn house, AS. rsn plank, beam) + the root of skja to seek, akin to E. seek. See Seek, and cf. Rest repose.]

  4. Ransackverb

    to make a thorough search

    Etymology: [OE. ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house (akin to Goth. razn house, AS. rsn plank, beam) + the root of skja to seek, akin to E. seek. See Seek, and cf. Rest repose.]

  5. Ransacknoun

    the act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage

    Etymology: [OE. ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house (akin to Goth. razn house, AS. rsn plank, beam) + the root of skja to seek, akin to E. seek. See Seek, and cf. Rest repose.]

Freebase

  1. Ransack

    Ransack is the name of several fictional characters in the universe of the Transformers series. Ransack was first created in 1985 as one of the Insecticons. Since then the name was used for a variety of other Transformers characters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ransack

    ran′sak, v.t. to search thoroughly: to plunder: to pillage.—n. eager search.—n. Ran′sacker. [Scand. rannsakarann, a house, sak (sækja), Eng. seek.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ransack

    To plunder; to pillage completely; to ravage; as, to ransack a city.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ransack in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ransack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ransack in a Sentence

  1. Nicole Hannah-Jones:

    If you want to understand how does a White minority believe that the last election's illegitimate and actually ransack and lead an insurrection on the American Capitol, you have to understand the history of Black people in this country, and without that, you actually can't explain the election of Donald Trump, you can't explain what's happening in the Republican Party right now, and you can't explain the insurrection, you can't explain what happened to George Floyd – you can't explain any of that with the history that we're being taught.

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