Ransack is defined as to search through carefully and completely, or search for something to steal.(verb)
An example of ransack is thieves quickly searching through a house for valuables.
See ransack in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME ransaken < ON rannsaka < rann, house (akin to OE ærn, Goth razn < IE base *(e)re-, to rest) + -saka < sœkja, to seek
See ransack in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb ran·sacked, ran·sack·ing, ran·sacks
Origin: Middle English ransaken
Origin: , from Old Norse rannsaka
Origin: : rann, house
Origin: + *saka, to search, seek; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.
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