Search Definition

sûrch
searched, searches, searching
verb
searched, searches, searching
To go over or look through for the purpose of finding something; explore; rummage; examine.
To search a house for a lost article.
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To examine (a person) for something concealed, as by running one's hands over the clothing, through the pockets, etc.
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To examine closely and carefully; test and try; probe.
To search one's conscience.
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To examine data in a computer in order to locate items having a given property.
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To try to find something; make a search.
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noun
searches
An act of searching; scrutiny, inquiry, or examination in an attempt to find something, gain knowledge, establish facts, etc.
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The act of a belligerent in stopping and searching a neutral ship for contraband.
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The examination of a person or property, as by a law enforcement officer, for the purpose of discovering evidence of a crime.
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A control mechanism on an audio or video player that rapidly advances or reverses the playing of a recording.
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The definition of a search is the process of looking for something or someone.
An example of a search is a quest to find a missing person.
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idiom
search me
  • Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.
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in search of
  • making a search for; trying to find, learn, etc. by searching
Webster's New World
search me!
  • I do not know the answer to your query
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Other Word Forms of Search

Noun

Singular:
search
Plural:
searches

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Origin of Search

  • Middle English serchen from Anglo-Norman sercher variant of Old French cerchier from Latin circāre to go around from Latin circus circle from Greek krikos, kirkos sker-2 in Indo-European roots

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

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

    From Wiktionary

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