Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To search; to try to find something.
  • v. To search for; to seek.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make search; to try to find something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To search.
  • To make a search.
  • n. Search; inquiry.

Etymologies

Old French encerchier. See search. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For if that I devised you all that is beyond the sea, another man, peradventure, that would pain him and travail his body for to go into those marches for to ensearch those countries, might be blamed by my words in rehearsing many strange things; for he might not say nothing of new, in the which the hearers might have either solace, or disport, or lust, or liking in the hearing.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

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