Definition of search in English:

search

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly:

    ‘I searched among the rocks, but there was nothing’
    ‘Daniel is then able to search out the most advantageous mortgage’
    ‘Hugh will be searching for the truth’
    • ‘She searched through her desk drawers until she found what she was looking for.’
    • ‘I cursed her as I searched through the kitchen cupboards for something to eat.’
    • ‘After searching for him among the various people that filled the room she decided to go upstairs.’
    • ‘We took off our climbing gear and started to fan out over the rocks, keenly searching for fossils.’
    • ‘His lax brown eyes scanned the conveyor belt carefully, searching for a black duffel bag.’
    • ‘In Pakistan, rescuers are frantically searching for survivors in the rubble of Saturday's earthquake.’
    • ‘Selina searched through the pile of luggage in order to find her own.’
    • ‘Thinking that morning in the garden had gotten me no where and I was still searching desperately for some answers.’
    • ‘He was arrested after being picked up by rescuers searching for survivors in the wreckage.’
    • ‘One of the most powerful tools was the right to search without a warrant.’
    • ‘Paulo Coelho has spent his own life constantly searching for answers to philosophical, spiritual and religious questions.’
    • ‘It also includes hints and tips to help you train your eye to search out the special pieces from among the throng.’
    • ‘He searched through his closet, then his drawers, then his closet again.’
    • ‘He said there was a noticeable increase in caution among people searching for a property to buy.’
    • ‘She said that she had been driving around for over two hours desperately searching for another way to get home.’
    • ‘We walked among the shops, searching for anyone who was looking for an apprentice.’
    • ‘Police were still searching for clues to determine who had set off the bomb.’
    • ‘He mounted once more and began to trot among the trees, searching for the source of the noise.’
    • ‘Active during the day, poison arrow frogs spend their daylight hours constantly searching for food.’
    • ‘He picked up a flashlight on the floor and began searching for his name, careful to dim the light as much as he could.’
    hunt, look, explore, forage, fish about, fish around, look high and low, cast about, cast around, cast round, ferret, ferret about, ferret around, root about, root around, rummage about, rummage around
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    1. 1.1[with object] Examine (a place, vehicle, or person) thoroughly in order to find something or someone:
      ‘she searched the house from top to bottom’
      ‘the guards searched him for weapons’
      • ‘Detectives searched his house after Jodi's body was found, and took a number of items away for examination.’
      • ‘The tanning salon was closed as police investigators searched the premises.’
      • ‘It is better for private security firms to search staff and guard buildings.’
      • ‘Setting off the alarm at the security check, I was searched much more thoroughly than I'd ever been before.’
      • ‘Upon searching the house officers also found a stash of pirate DVDs.’
      • ‘Investigators searching his room found incriminating evidence - materials matching those of the bomb.’
      • ‘His eyes frantically searched the room, in a panic.’
      • ‘Their home address was also searched by police officers.’
      • ‘Upon entering the building, the guards told Ric that they needed to search him for any weapons.’
      • ‘The driver was searched by security guards but they did not check inside the lorry, said the newspaper.’
      • ‘He said police would thoroughly search the cars of the two for illicit goods.’
      • ‘Police searched his person and his room but no firearms were found, George maintained.’
      • ‘Even I do not pay any attention to the armed guards searching me before I enter any public place.’
      • ‘Rescuers searched the area for three hours before they finally found the fisherman.’
      • ‘Police then searched his house in Naklua, but once again did not find any illegal drugs.’
      • ‘In Boston, British soldiers search the houses of the rebel leaders in vain.’
      • ‘Police and staff had to search fans for weapons before the start of the show and found items including ironing boards and kitchen sinks.’
      • ‘Teachers at a Manchester secondary school will search pupils suspected of carrying drugs.’
      • ‘The government has already extended to police the power to stop and search people suspected of buying or selling drugs.’
      • ‘She did not see why the guards had to search the slaves each morning.’
      examine, inspect, check, frisk
      look around, look round, explore, probe, hunt through, look through, scrabble about in, scrabble around in, root about in, root around in, ferret, ferret about in, ferret around in, rummage about in, rummage around in, rummage in, rummage through, forage through, fish about in, fish around in, poke around in, dig in, grub about in, grub around in, delve in, go through, sift through, rifle through, scour, comb, ransack, turn over, go through with a fine-tooth comb
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    2. 1.2[with object] Look for information in (a database or the World Wide Web) using a search engine:
      ‘search our online archive for stories dating back to February 1996’
      ‘I must search the Internet for one of his pictures’
      [no object] ‘you can search for recipes by topic or by entering a keyword’
      • ‘Now they can achieve much the same result by searching the Internet at no cost.’
      • ‘When I searched using google, I found some interesting information.’
      • ‘Practising doctors do not have time to search multiple sites or scroll through long text.’
      • ‘Data scanned could be sent to a database that is searched automatically for certain triggers.’
      • ‘We haven't abandoned Google for searching the web yet - such habits are hard to break.’
      • ‘He was also frustrated at the time it took to search the Internet for new material that he was interested in downloading.’
      • ‘Allow users to search their network for keywords so they can connect with others for mutual benefit.’
      • ‘Madoka asked him to search every network he knew of for information.’
      • ‘I walked to Ken's office and sat at his computer and started searching the databases.’
      • ‘If people come to your site and consistently search for specific keyword phrases, then you know you are not making those keyword phrases obvious to visitors.’
      • ‘The database can be searched by school name, by state and by ethnicity of students.’
      • ‘You can search their site for trips with last-minute availability by location, activity, or date, or other criteria.’
      • ‘Blast helps scientists search databases of protein and DNA sequences.’
      • ‘Read books, get in touch with organisations and search the internet for information.’
      • ‘For this review, the authors systematically searched several databases.’
      • ‘By searching the database a user can find out if a match exists for the buyer or seller who they are dealing with.’
      • ‘So Joe was able to search the database for information about himself as well as his ancestor.’
      • ‘So searching using 25 words will probably get you little or no results.’
      • ‘Visitors to the portal can simultaneously search the databases of six large e-book shops.’
      • ‘I come across you useful site while searching for a hotel near the airport.’
      • ‘Quantum computation would enable one to search enormous databases with extraordinary efficiency.’

noun

  • 1An act of searching for someone or something:

    ‘the police carried out a thorough search of the premises’
    ‘he plans to go to the Himalayas in search of a yeti’
    • ‘The book is really a story about a man's search for truth.’
    • ‘Laughter erupted again and the beloved professor's life revealed one man's desperate search for truth.’
    • ‘Locals believe its bells were thrown into the river at the time, but searches have been unsuccessful.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the search for a cure for the GM virus was proving difficult.’
    • ‘In the past decade we started a frantic search for clues that might lead to its cure.’
    • ‘Military police entered the village and began conducting house-to-house searches.’
    • ‘Trying to find truth in the blogs is like the search for the Holy Grail.’
    • ‘University of Iowa officials began a nationwide search for a replacement.’
    • ‘Thinking of that made her smile in anticipation and she summoned the energy to continue her fruitless search.’
    • ‘In search of opportunities to fulfil his dreams, he goes away from his caring brother.’
    • ‘Yesterday they were carrying out house-to-house inquiries and carried out a thorough forensic search of the area.’
    • ‘Police officers began a fingertip search of the area yesterday in an attempt to retrieve physical evidence.’
    • ‘With the bit between their teeth, Wolfhill quickly went in search of the equaliser.’
    • ‘In search of answers, they bolted and ran to alternative practitioners.’
    • ‘Subsequently, there is pain and bitterness, an endless search for a miracle cure.’
    • ‘Meanwhile in the woods, Alonzo continued the fruitless search for his beloved Rose.’
    • ‘Systematic literature searches were conducted to assess the evidence for and against the effectiveness of kava extract for treating anxiety.’
    • ‘The film tells the story of a woman's search for the truth behind her sister's disappearance.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, their search has yielded no sign of Marcus.’
    • ‘They carried out a thorough search of the premises for evidence of unlicensed slaughtering operations.’
    hunt, look, exploration, scout, probe, dig, digging, forage, foraging, scavenge, scavenging, ferreting, ferreting about, ferreting around, rummage, rummaging about, rummaging around, rooting about, rooting around, rifling, scouring, quest, pursuit of, seeking after
    searching for, hunting for, after, seeking, looking for, on the lookout for, in quest of, in pursuit of, on the track of, questing after, chasing after
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    1. 1.1 An act or instance of searching a database or the World Wide Web:
      ‘I did a search for creative-writing courses at UK universities and came up with 422’
      • ‘They often asked questions that were too vague or did not lend themselves to keyword searches on the computer databases.’
      • ‘Google's updated search is - again - free for download and combines searches of desktops, intranets and the internet.’
      • ‘Presenter Ashley Blake says: " A quick internet search revealed a company which makes plates for ' show '.’
      • ‘Databases were queried and a quick web search revealed that the ponderous error message was written in Polish.’
      • ‘Users would be able to go to Google and find a search link to a database of text from some 60,000 books.’
      • ‘To determine the correct gene structure, we performed a sequence similarity search against the protein database.’
      • ‘Microsoft uses its software already on your computer to run a search, while Google use its own site.’
      • ‘In addition, personal interviews and online database searches were conducted.’
      • ‘As with the scanned resume, this allows your resume to be accessible during keyword database searches.’
      • ‘A heuristic search was carried out to find the most parsimonious tree (s).’
      • ‘All database searches were performed online and finished in early June 2000.’
      • ‘A computerized search through all relevant databases was also conducted using several combinations of keywords.’
      • ‘Yet, and extensive internet search only reveals that there are over 2000 varieties of English apples.’
      • ‘Manhunts are going to become mere database searches.’
      • ‘Start your research on ceramic tiles by doing a quick Internet search.’
      • ‘My Google searches haven't turned up any first rate sources.’
      • ‘A final heuristic search was initiated with all parameters estimated.’
      • ‘Missing data that was never collected during an investigative process can also affect database searches.’
      • ‘We found qualitative studies that focused directly on double standards through our computerized database searches.’
      • ‘A blast homology search of all available databases reveals no significant homology to the white locus polymorphic indel.’
    2. 1.2Computing The systematic retrieval of information, or the facility for this:
      ‘the advanced search includes options for sorting by date and specifying the news source’
      [as modifier] ‘users will abandon a site if the search function doesn't work well’
    3. 1.3Law An investigation of public records to find if a property is subject to any liabilities or encumbrances.
      • ‘Instruct your solicitor to inspect local and national searches and the title deeds for any onerous covenants, restrictions, etc.’
      • ‘After a two-month search of public records in Britain, all leads ran dry.’
      • ‘Before entering into a contract to buy an estate in land, it is usual also to make a search about the property in the local land charges register.’
      • ‘She maintains that she did not discover the transfer until 1998 when her lawyer conducted a title search on the property.’
      • ‘As an example, Midland County allows the public five free searches of property tax information.’

Phrases

  • search me!

    • informal I do not know (used for emphasis).

      i don't know, how should i know?, why ask me?, it's a mystery, i haven't an clue, i haven't an inkling, i haven't the least idea, i've no idea
      dunno, don't ask me, i haven't the first idea, i haven't the first notion, i haven't the faintest/foggiest, i haven't the faintest idea, i haven't the faintest notion, i haven't the foggiest idea, i haven't the foggiest notion, it beats me, ask me another
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French cerchier (verb), from late Latin circare go round, from Latin circus circle.

Pronunciation

search

/səːtʃ/