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1 the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone [syn: hunt, hunting]
2 an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"
3 an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property; "they wrote a program to do a table lookup" [syn: lookup]
4 the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
5 boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of search"


1 try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county" [syn: seek, look for]
2 search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!" [syn: look]
3 inquire into [syn: research, explore]
4 subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"

User Contributed Dictionary



From cerchier, from circare.



  1. To look throughout (a place) for something. To try and find something.
    I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.
  2. (followed by "for") To look thoroughly.
    The police are searching for evidence in his flat.


Derived terms


look throughout (a place) for something
look thoroughly for


  1. An act of searching.
  2. An act of searching for information using a search engine or searching a database, form, table of values and or other applicable items.


act of searching
act of searching using a search engine
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Extensive Definition

Searching and search can refer to the following:



search in German: Durchsuchung
search in French: Recherche (homonymie)
search in Korean: 검색
search in Hebrew: חיפוש
search in Japanese: サーチ
search in Russian: Поиск
search in Sindhi: وڪيپيڊيا:مضمون ڪيئن ڳولجي؟
search in Yiddish: זוכן
search in Chinese: 搜索

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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