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Meaning of search by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English serchen, from Anglo-Norman sercher, Old French cerchier, from Latin circare .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /sɜː( ɹ )t͡ʃ/, X-SAMPA: /s3:( r\ )tS/
    • ( US ) IPA: /sɝt͡ʃ/
    • Rhymes: -ɜː( r )tʃ


    search ( third-person singular simple present searches present participle searching, simple past and past participle searched )

    1. ( transitive ) To look in ( a place ) for something .
      I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch .
    2. ( intransitive, followed by "for" ) To look thoroughly .
      The police are searching for evidence in his flat .
    3. ( transitive, now rare ) To look for, seek.
    4. ( transitive, obsolete ) To probe or examine ( a wound ).


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    • achers, Arches, arches, casher, chaser, eschar

Explanation of search by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. inquire into

    2. the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project
      He searched for information on his relatives on the web
    3. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

    4. The police are searching for clues
      They are searching for the missing man in the entire county
    5. subject to a search

    6. The police searched the suspect
      We searched the whole house for the missing keys
    7. search or seek

    1. an investigation seeking answers

    2. a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing
      the outcome justified the search
    3. boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas

    4. right of search
    5. the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

    6. the examination of alternative hypotheses

    7. his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful
    8. an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property