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Meaning & Definition of Search in English

English

Search

/sərʧ/

noun

1. The activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

    synonym:
  • search
  • ,
  • hunt
  • ,
  • hunting

2. An investigation seeking answers

  • "A thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"
  • "The outcome justified the search"
    synonym:
  • search

3. An operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property

  • "They wrote a program to do a table lookup"
    synonym:
  • search
  • ,
  • lookup

4. The examination of alternative hypotheses

  • "His search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
    synonym:
  • search

5. Boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas

  • "Right of search"
    synonym:
  • search

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • search
  • ,
  • seek
  • ,
  • look for

2. Search or seek

  • "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"
  • "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
    synonym:
  • search
  • ,
  • look

3. Inquire into

  • "The students had to research the history of the second world war for their history project"
  • "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"
  • "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"
    synonym:
  • research
  • ,
  • search
  • ,
  • explore

4. Subject to a search

  • "The police searched the suspect"
  • "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
    synonym:
  • search

Examples of using

After a long search, we found a satisfactory room.
Sometimes a bright word comes suddenly, without any search, by itself.
The police conducted a search at Tom Smith's house.