Ransack meaning

rănsăk
Ransack is defined as to search through carefully and completely, or search for something to steal.

An example of ransack is thieves quickly searching through a house for valuables.

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To search through (something) thoroughly and often roughly.

Ransacked the drawer looking for my keys.

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To search thoroughly; examine every part of in searching.
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To search through for plunder; pillage; rob.
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To loot or pillage. See also sack.
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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.

To ransack a house for valuables.

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(archaic) To examine carefully; to investigate.
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To violate; to ravish; to deflower.
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To go through (a place) stealing valuables and causing disarray; pillage.

Ransacked the village.

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Origin of ransack

  • Middle English ransaken from Old Norse rannsaka rann house saka to search, seek sāg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsakka, from rann (“house") + saka (“search"); probably influenced by sack

    From Wiktionary