search

To search is to look for something. A search party is a group of people looking for something together. Their search may take a long time. If they're in the army, they might be on a mission to search and destroy.

Search is one of the many words in English that have taken on a new meaning related to computers. To search the Web, or perform a search is to use a computer to find information on the Internet. The verb search is from Late Latin circare "to travel through," from Latin circus "circle." The original meanings of this verb in English were to dig for something, then, to overrun or occupy by force.

DEFINITIONS OF: search

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v search or seek

Synonyms:
look
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hunt
search (an area) for prey
cruise
look for a sexual partner in a public place
prospect
search for something desirable
horn in, intrude, nose, poke, pry
search or inquire in a meddlesome way
Type of:
examine, see
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

v 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”
Synonyms:
look for, seek
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drag, dredge
search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
finger
search for on the computer
fumble, grope
feel about uncertainly or blindly
divine
search by divining, as if with a rod
browse, surf
look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular
leave no stone unturned
search thoroughly and exhaustively
hunt
seek, search for
gather
look for (food) in nature
want
hunt or look for; want for a particular reason
scour
examine minutely
seek out
look for a specific person or thing
go after, pursue, quest after, quest for
go in search of or hunt for
angle, fish
seek indirectly
grub
search about busily
feel
grope or feel in search of something
browse, shop
shop around; not necessarily buying
grope for, scrabble
feel searchingly
dowse
use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal
shell
look for and collect shells by the seashore
comparison-shop
compare prices for a given item
antique
shop for antiques
window-shop
examine the shop windows; shop with the eyes only

v subject to a search

“The police searched the suspect”
“We searched the whole house for the missing keys”
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raid
search for something needed or desired
frisk
search as for concealed weapons by running the hands rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets
strip-search
search (someone) for weapons or drugs by having the person remove their clothes
scan
make a wide, sweeping search of
go, rifle
go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
rummage
search haphazardly
comb, ransack
search thoroughly
Type of:
examine, see
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

v inquire into

“He searched for information on his relatives on the web”
Synonyms:
explore, research
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prospect
explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
google
search the internet (for information) using the Google search engine
mapquest
search for a location and directions by means of the MapQuest program
re-explore
explore anew
beat about, cast about, cast around
search anxiously
Type of:
investigate, look into
investigate scientifically

n the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

Synonyms:
hunt, hunting
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exploration
a careful systematic search
forage, foraging
the act of searching for food and provisions
frisk, frisking
the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs
looking, looking for
the act of searching visually
manhunt
an organized search (by police) for a person (charged with a crime)
quest, seeking
the act of searching for something
ransacking, rummage
a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion)
scouring
moving over territory to search for something
shakedown
a very thorough search of a person or a place
strip search
searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs by having them remove their clothes
probe
an exploratory action or expedition
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas

“right of search
Type of:
examination, scrutiny
the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

n an investigation seeking answers

“a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing”
“the outcome justified the search
Type of:
investigating, investigation
the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

n the examination of alternative hypotheses

“his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful”
Types:
hunt
an instance of searching for something
pursuance, pursuit, quest
a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria
wild-goose chase
the fruitless pursuit of something unattainable
Type of:
higher cognitive process
cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use

n an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property

Synonyms:
lookup
Type of:
operation
(computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)
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