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Verb: search  surch
  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";
    - seek, look for
  2. Spend time trying to find
    "We searched all day and finally found the child in the forest";
    - look
  3. Inquire into
    "He searched for information on his relatives on the web";
    - research, explore, delve into, dig into
  4. Subject to a search
    "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
Noun: search  surch
  1. The activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
    - hunt, hunting
  2. An investigation seeking answers
    "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the 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 search";
    - lookup
  4. The examination of alternative hypotheses
    "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
  5. Boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas
    "right of search"

Derived forms: searches, searching, searched

See also: sought

Type of: activity, examination, examine, higher cognitive process, investigate, investigating, investigation, look into, operation, scrutiny, see

Encyclopedia: Search, Rescue and Survival School