from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make a thorough examination of; look over carefully in order to find something; explore.
- transitive v. To make a careful examination or investigation of; probe: search one's conscience for the right solution to the problem.
- transitive v. Law To make a thorough check of (a legal document); scrutinize: search a title.
- transitive v. To examine in order to find something lost or concealed.
- transitive v. To examine the person or personal effects of in order to find something lost or concealed.
- transitive v. To come to know; learn.
- intransitive v. To conduct a thorough investigation; seek: were searching for clues.
- n. An act of searching.
- n. Law The exercise of right of search.
- idiom search me Slang Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To look in (a place) for something.
- v. To look thoroughly.
- v. To look for, seek.
- v. To probe or examine (a wound).
- n. An attempt to find something.
- n. The act of searching in general.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore.
- transitive v. To inquire after; to look for; to seek.
- transitive v. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe.
- transitive v. To examine; to try; to put to the test.
- intransitive v. To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to hunt.
- n. The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go through and examine carefully and in detail, as in quest of something lost, concealed, or as yet undiscovered; explore: as, to search a ship; to search one's baggage or person at the custom-house.
- To examine by probing; probe: as, to search a wound.
- To test; put to the test; try.
- To look for; seek out; make search for; endeavor to find.
- To explore or investigate.
- To reach or penetrate to.
- Synonyms To sift, probe.
- 1 and Search, Scrutinize, Explore. We search a place or search for a thing by looking everywhere with a close attention; we scrutinize a thing with a close attention, without emphasizing the idea of looking throughout; we explore that which is unknown and outside of our ordinary travels or knowledge. See examination.
- To make search; seek; look: with for before the object sought.
- To make strict or careful inquiry; inquire.
- n. A seeking or looking, as for something lost, concealed, desired, etc.; the act of going through a receptacle, place, collection of things, or the like, with the view of finding something lost, hidden, or undiscovered; exploratory examination; quest; inquiry; investigation: as, to make search; in search of a wife; to give up the search.
- n. Synonyms Inquiry, Scrutiny, etc. (see examination), exploration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. search or seek
- v. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
- n. an investigation seeking answers
- n. an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property
- v. inquire into
- n. the examination of alternative hypotheses
- v. subject to a search
- n. the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
- n. boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas
Middle English serchen, from Anglo-Norman sercher, variant of Old French cerchier, from Latin circāre, to go around, from Latin circus, circle, from Greek krikos, kirkos; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English serchen, from Anglo-Norman sercher, Old French cerchier, from Latin circare. (Wiktionary)