scour

If you're going to scour those dishes, you'll need a good scouring pad. To scour also means to examine something very, very closely. Having lost his contact lens at the party, Robert asked everyone to scour the room to help him find it.

When you scour something with your eyes, you examine or search it very closely. For example, when the girl went missing, the police used dogs and helicopters to scour the area. When you scour something with your hands, you scrub it very hard—often with a brush or pad—until the surface is spotless. For example, to remove the graffiti from the wall outside the restaurant you'll have to scour it by hand, probably for hours. Looking for a job? Scour those classified ads!

Primary Meanings of scour

1.
vn
rub hard or scrub
a place that is scoured (especially by running water)
2.
v
examine minutely
Full Definitions of scour
1

v rub hard or scrub

scour the counter tops”
Synonyms:
abrade
Type of:
rub
move over something with pressure

v rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

Synonyms:
flush, purge
Type of:
rinse, rinse off
wash off soap or remaining dirt

v clean with hard rubbing

Synonyms:
scrub
Types:
holystone
scrub with a holystone
Type of:
rub
move over something with pressure

n a place that is scoured (especially by running water)

Type of:
place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region
2

v examine minutely

“The police scoured the country for the fugitive”
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

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