Definition of searching in English:



  • Thoroughly scrutinizing, especially in a disconcerting way.

    ‘you have to ask yourselves some searching questions’
    • ‘It was a searching question which he repeated four minutes later, when the same combination produced an identical result.’
    • ‘This has given her the knowledge and confidence to answer the most searching of questions from students.’
    • ‘In the next two days Myra asked her daughter many searching questions.’
    • ‘And it asks searching questions about the way state aid to industry is currently structured and doled out.’
    • ‘Moreover, searching questions regarding faculty and amenities might not be possible.’
    • ‘Now the really searching questions were being asked of our fellows who responded in some style.’
    • ‘Sinclair's expected departure means Perry will now be under pressure to avoid further searching questions.’
    • ‘Every meeting with a Prime Minister is an opportunity for the Queen to ask searching questions.’
    • ‘JB Morrell asked me a lot of searching questions and his sense of fair play was immaculate.’
    • ‘That in turn begs searching questions about future investment and growth.’
    • ‘A couple need to reflect on the year and ask themselves searching questions.’
    • ‘Wise, sharp Michele has been asking searching questions for as long as she can remember.’
    • ‘Five residents have agreed to ask searching questions on behalf of the group to bring out what they feel are the negative aspects of the plan.’
    • ‘If this was a covert air war, both Bush and Blair may face searching questions.’
    • ‘The team's winning habit has been so relentless these last two years, but adversity asks more searching questions.’
    • ‘That poses two searching questions for those determined to push the UK into the euro.’
    • ‘Could it be that we are genetically programed to create a form of religion in order to answer our searching questions?’
    • ‘Following a few searching questions, Mark was becoming more convinced that the story about Bernie was true.’
    • ‘Few tracks offer a most searching examination of a thoroughbred's ability, and potential.’
    • ‘Due credit has to go to the hosts for striving to maintain some sense of momentum in the absence of any searching questions.’
    observant, penetrating, piercing, probing, curious, discerning, incisive, keen, alert, perceptive, shrewd, sharp, intent, minute, thorough
    penetrating, probing, incisive, inquisitive, analytic, deep, in-depth, enquiring
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