Search meaning

sûrch
To move around in, go through, or look through in an effort to find something.

Searched the room for her missing earring; searched the desk for a pen.

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To make a search for evidence.
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An act of searching.
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To make a careful examination or investigation of; probe.

Search one's conscience for the right thing to do.

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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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To make a careful examination or investigation.

Searching for the right words to say.

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To search a place or space in order to find something.

Searched all afternoon for my wallet.

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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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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 look through (writings, records, etc.) to establish certain facts.
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To find out or uncover by investigation.
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(1) To look for specific data in a file or an occurrence of text in a file. A search implies either scanning content sequentially or using algorithms to compare multiple indexes to find a match. A search on the Web yields a list of Web pages that contain all the words in the search criteria (see SERP). Contrast with a "direct lookup," whereby a single index is used to keep track of data. See search engine, desktop search, Boolean search and query.
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Search is defined as to look for or examine something.

An example of search is to go through a closet looking for an old pair of shoes.

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To examine (a person or property) for the purpose of discovering evidence of a crime.
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To try to find something; make a search.
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To examine data in a computer in order to locate items having a given property.
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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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A police examination of a person’s physical body, property, abode, or other area where the person would have an expectation of privacy, in order to find incriminating evidence. For a search to be legal, there must be probable cause, because the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. To look for, as in the case of looking for evidence. See also frisk.
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To look in (a place) for something.

I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.

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(intransitive, followed by "for") To look thoroughly.

The police are searching for evidence in his flat.

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(now rare) To look for, seek.
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1588, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, II.3.

Now to the bottome dost thou search my wound.

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1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4.

Thus when they all had sorowed their fill, / They softly gan to search his griesly wownd [...]

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1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.35.

His wife perceiving him to droope and languish away, entreated him she might leasurely search and neerely view the quality of his disease [...]

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An attempt to find something.

With only five minutes until we were meant to leave, the search for the keys started in earnest.

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The act of searching in general.

Search is a hard problem for computers to solve efficiently.

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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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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.
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search me!
  • I do not know the answer to your query.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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