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
  1. verb
    search or seek
    synonyms: look
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    search (an area) for prey
    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
  2. verb
    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
    search for on the computer
    fumble, grope
    feel about uncertainly or blindly
    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
    seek, search for
    look for (food) in nature
    hunt or look for; want for a particular reason
    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
    search about busily
    grope or feel in search of something
    browse, shop
    shop around; not necessarily buying
    grope for, scrabble
    feel searchingly
    use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal
    look for and collect shells by the seashore
    compare prices for a given item
    shop for antiques
    examine the shop windows; shop with the eyes only
    scan, look through, or look for information on the internet
  3. verb
    subject to a search
    “The police searched the suspect”
    “We searched the whole house for the missing keys”
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    search for something needed or desired
    search as for concealed weapons by running the hands rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets
    search (someone) for weapons or drugs by having the person remove their clothes
    make a wide, sweeping search of
    go, rifle
    go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
    search haphazardly
    comb, ransack
    search thoroughly
    search for something in a receptacle or container
    search or sift through in order to find something
    type of:
    examine, see
    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
  4. verb
    inquire into
    “He searched for information on his relatives on the web”
    synonyms: delve, explore, research
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    explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
    search the internet (for information) using the Google search engine
    search for a location and directions by means of the MapQuest program
    explore anew
    beat about, cast about, cast around
    search anxiously
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    investigate, look into
    investigate scientifically
  5. noun
    the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
    synonyms: hunt, hunting
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    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
    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)
    moving over territory to search for something
    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
    an exploratory action or expedition
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    any specific behavior
  6. noun
    boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas
    “right of search
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    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
  7. noun
    an investigation seeking answers
    “a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing”
    “the outcome justified the search
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    investigating, investigation
    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
  8. noun
    the examination of alternative hypotheses
    “his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful”
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    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
  9. noun
    an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property
    synonyms: lookup
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    (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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