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search

 (sûrch)
v. searched, search·ing, search·es
v.tr.
1. To move around in, go through, or look through in an effort to find something: searched the room for her missing earring; searched the desk for a pen.
2. To make a careful examination or investigation of; probe: search one's conscience for the right thing to do.
3. Law To examine (a person or property) for the purpose of discovering evidence of a crime.
v.intr.
1. To search a place or space in order to find something: searched all afternoon for my wallet.
2. To make a careful examination or investigation: searching for the right words to say.
3. Law To make a search for evidence.
n.
1. An act of searching.
2. Law The examination of a person or property, as by a law enforcement officer, for the purpose of discovering evidence of a crime.
3. A control mechanism on an audio or video player that rapidly advances or reverses the playing of a recording.
Phrasal Verb:
search out
To seek to find or come to know by examination: sought out the answer in a history book.
Idiom:
search me Slang
Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.

[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- in Indo-European roots.]

search′a·ble adj.
search′er n.

search

(sɜːtʃ)
vb
1. to look through (a place, records, etc) thoroughly in order to find someone or something
2. (tr) to examine (a person) for concealed objects by running one's hands over the clothing
3. to look at or examine (something) closely: to search one's conscience.
4. (foll by: out) to discover by investigation
5. (Surgery) surgery
a. to explore (a bodily cavity) during a surgical procedure
b. to probe (a wound)
6. (Military) (tr) military to fire all over (an area)
7. (Computer Science) computing to review (a file) to locate specific information
8. archaic to penetrate
9. search me informal I don't know
n
10. the act or an instance of searching
11. (Law) the examination of a vessel by the right of search
12. (Computer Science) computing
a. a review of a file to locate specific information
b. (as modifier): a search routine.
13. (Law) right of search international law the right possessed by the warships of a belligerent state in time of war to board and search merchant vessels to ascertain whether ship or cargo is liable to seizure
[C14: from Old French cerchier, from Late Latin circāre to go around, from Latin circus circle]
ˈsearchable adj
ˈsearcher n

search

(sɜrtʃ)

v.t.
1. to look through (a place, area, etc.) carefully in order to find something missing or lost.
2. to examine (a person, object, etc.) carefully in order to find something concealed.
3. to explore or examine in order to discover: They searched the hills for gold.
4. to examine (a record, writing, collection, repository, etc.) for information: to search a property title.
5. to look into, question, or scrutinize: to search one's conscience.
6. to pierce or penetrate.
7. to uncover or find by examination or exploration (often fol. by out): to search out all the facts.
8. to command software to find specified characters or codes in (an electronic file): to search a database for all instances of “U.S.” and replace them with “United States.”
v.i.
9. to inquire, investigate, examine, or seek.
10. to find specified characters or codes in an electronic file by means of software commands.
n.
11. an act or instance of searching; careful examination or investigation.
12. the wartime practice of boarding and searching any neutral vessel suspected of transporting contraband.
[1300–50; (v.) Middle English serchen, cerchen (< Anglo-French sercher) < Old French cerchier < Late Latin circāre to go around, derivative of Latin circus circle; (n.) Middle English serche < Anglo-French serche, Old French cerche, derivative of cerchier]
search′a•ble, adj.
search′a•ble•ness, n.
search′er, n.

search

1. An operation to locate an enemy force known or believed to be at sea.
2. A systematic reconnaissance of a defined area, so that all parts of the area have passed within visibility.
3. To distribute gunfire over an area in depth by successive changes in gun elevation.

search

Search can be a verb or a noun.

1. used as a verb

If you search a place or person, you examine them thoroughly because you are trying to find something.

Police searched the building and found weapons.
He stood with his arms outstretched while the guard searched him.

Be Careful!
Don't say that you 'search' the thing you are trying to find. You can say that you search for it, but you usually say that you look for it.

He's looking for his keys.
2. used as a noun

A search is an attempt to find something or someone by looking for them carefully.

I found the keys after a long search.
The search for survivors of the earthquake continues.

search


Past participle: searched
Gerund: searching

Imperative
search
search
Present
I search
you search
he/she/it searches
we search
you search
they search
Preterite
I searched
you searched
he/she/it searched
we searched
you searched
they searched
Present Continuous
I am searching
you are searching
he/she/it is searching
we are searching
you are searching
they are searching
Present Perfect
I have searched
you have searched
he/she/it has searched
we have searched
you have searched
they have searched
Past Continuous
I was searching
you were searching
he/she/it was searching
we were searching
you were searching
they were searching
Past Perfect
I had searched
you had searched
he/she/it had searched
we had searched
you had searched
they had searched
Future
I will search
you will search
he/she/it will search
we will search
you will search
they will search
Future Perfect
I will have searched
you will have searched
he/she/it will have searched
we will have searched
you will have searched
they will have searched
Future Continuous
I will be searching
you will be searching
he/she/it will be searching
we will be searching
you will be searching
they will be searching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been searching
you have been searching
he/she/it has been searching
we have been searching
you have been searching
they have been searching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been searching
you will have been searching
he/she/it will have been searching
we will have been searching
you will have been searching
they will have been searching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been searching
you had been searching
he/she/it had been searching
we had been searching
you had been searching
they had been searching
Conditional
I would search
you would search
he/she/it would search
we would search
you would search
they would search
Past Conditional
I would have searched
you would have searched
he/she/it would have searched
we would have searched
you would have searched
they would have searched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.search - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someonesearch - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
exploration - a careful systematic search
foraging, forage - the act of searching for food and provisions
frisk, frisking - the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs; "he gave the suspect a quick frisk"
looking for, looking - the act of searching visually
manhunt - an organized search (by police) for a person (charged with a crime)
seeking, quest - the act of searching for something; "a quest for diamonds"
ransacking, rummage - a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion); "he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis"
scouring - moving over territory to search for something; "scouring the entire area revealed nothing"
shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
2.search - an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"
investigating, investigation - the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
3.search - 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"
operation - (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction); "it can perform millions of operations per second"
4.search - the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
hunt - an instance of searching for something; "the hunt for submarines"
pursuance, quest, pursuit - a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria; "the pursuit of love"; "life is more than the pursuance of fame"; "a quest for wealth"
higher cognitive process - cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
5.search - boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of search"
examination, scrutiny - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
Verb1.search - 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"
dredge, drag - search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
finger - search for on the computer; "I fingered my boss and found that he is not logged on in the afternoons"
fumble, grope - feel about uncertainly or blindly; "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
divine - search by divining, as if with a rod; "He claimed he could divine underground water"
surf, browse - look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular; "browse a computer directory"; "surf the internet or the world wide web"
leave no stone unturned - search thoroughly and exhaustively; "The police left no stone unturned in looking for the President's murderer"
hunt - seek, search for; "She hunted for her reading glasses but was unable to locate them"
gather - look for (food) in nature; "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"
want - hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
scour - examine minutely; "The police scoured the country for the fugitive"
seek out - look for a specific person or thing
quest after, quest for, go after, pursue - go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby"
fish, angle - seek indirectly; "fish for compliments"
grub - search about busily
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
browse, shop - shop around; not necessarily buying; "I don't need help, I'm just browsing"
2.search - search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
hunt - search (an area) for prey; "The King used to hunt these forests"
examine, see - observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"
cruise - look for a sexual partner in a public place; "The men were cruising the park"
prospect - search for something desirable; "prospect a job"
horn in, nose, poke, pry, intrude - search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office"
3.search - 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"
prospect - explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
google - search the internet (for information) using the Google search engine; "He googled the woman he had met at the party"; "My children are googling all day"
mapquest - search for a location and directions by means of the MapQuest program; "you can just mapquest the restaurant"
re-explore - explore anew; "We need to re-explore Colonialism"
beat about, cast about, cast around - search anxiously
investigate, look into - investigate scientifically; "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"
4.search - subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
raid - search for something needed or desired; "Our babysitter raided our refrigerator"
frisk - search as for concealed weapons by running the hands rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets; "The police frisked everyone at the airport"
strip-search - search (someone) for weapons or drugs by having the person remove their clothes; "He was strip-searched at the airport"
scan - make a wide, sweeping search of; "The beams scanned the night sky"
rifle, go - go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way; "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"
rummage - search haphazardly; "We rummaged through the drawers"
comb, ransack - search thoroughly; "They combed the area for the missing child"
examine, see - observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

search

verb
2. inspect, check, examine, frisk, give someone the once over (informal) His first task was to search them for weapons.
noun
1. hunt, look, inquiry, investigation, examination, pursuit, quest, going-over (informal), inspection, exploration, scrutiny, rummage There was no chance of him being found alive and the search was abandoned.
in search of seeking, looking for, hunting for, in pursuit of, on the lookout for, chasing after, on the track of, making inquiries concerning She went in search of Jean-Paul.
search for something or someone look for, seek, hunt for, pursue, go in search of, cast around for, go in pursuit of, go in quest of, ferret around for, look high and low for The Turkish security forces have started searching for the missing men.
search me! I don't know, beats me, I've no idea, I haven't got a clue, how should I know?, I haven't got the faintest or foggiest idea He shrugged and chuckled: 'Search me!'

search

verb
1. To try to find something:
2. To examine the person or personal effects of in order to find something lost or concealed:
Slang: shake down.
noun
1. A thorough search of a place or persons:
Slang: shakedown.
2. An attempting to accomplish or attain:
Translations
بحثبَحْثتَفْتيشيَبْحَثيُفَتِّشُ
търся
hledatpátránípátrat
eftersøgningkropsvisitereledesøgeundersøge
serĉi
otsima
etsiäetsintähakeahaku
potragatragati
keresmegmotoz
leitleitaleita á
捜索捜索する探す
검색검색하다
ieškodamasieškotiiškratytikratos orderispaieškos grupė
izkratītmeklēšanameklētpārmeklēt
căutacăutarecercetare
pátraťvýskum
iskatiiskanje
sökasökningleta
การค้นหาค้นหา
aramakaramaarama yapmaküstünü aramak
lục soátsự tìm kiếmtìm

search

[sɜːtʃ]
A. N
1. (= hunt) → búsqueda f (for de) after a long search I found the keydespués de mucho buscar, encontré la llave
police launched a massive search for the killerla policía ha emprendido una enorme operación de búsqueda para encontrar al asesino
the search for peacela búsqueda de la paz
to conduct a search = to make a search
in search ofen busca de
they come to the city in search of workvienen a la ciudad en busca de trabajo
we went in search of a restaurantfuimos a buscar un restaurante
to make a searchllevar a cabo una búsqueda
search and rescuebúsqueda y rescate
2. (= inspection) [of building, place] → registro m; [of records] → inspección f
she had to submit to a body searchtuvo que dejar que la registraran or cachearan
police made a thorough search of the premisesla policía registró todo el local
3. (Comput) → búsqueda f
4. (Brit) (Jur) comprobación de datos de un inmueble en el registro de la propiedad
to get a (local authority) search donesacar una nota simple en el registro de la propiedad (Sp)
B. VT
1. [+ building, luggage, pockets] → registrar, catear (Mex); [+ person] → registrar, cachear, catear (Mex)
to search sth/sb (for sth/sb) he searched his pockets for changese miró los bolsillos en busca de monedas
she searched the kitchen drawers for her keysbuscó las llaves en los cajones de la cocina
I searched the whole house for foodhe revuelto toda la casa en busca de comida
we searched the entire office but the file didn't turn upregistramos la oficina de arriba abajo pero no encontramos el archivo
they were searched for weapons as they leftlos registraron or cachearon or (Mex) catearon a la salida para ver si llevaban armas
to search high and low (for sth/sb)remover el cielo y la tierra (en busca de algo/algn)
search me!¡yo qué sé!, ¡ni idea!
2. (= scan) [+ documents, records] → examinar
his eyes searched the sky for the approaching helicopterescudriñó el cielo en busca del helicóptero que se acercaba
his eyes searched my face for any sign of guiltsus ojos escudriñaban mi rostro en busca de algún rastro de culpabilidad
to search one's conscienceexaminar (uno) su conciencia
to search one's memoryhacer memoria
3. (Comput) → buscar en
C. VIbuscar
to search after truth/happinessbuscar la verdad/la felicidad
to search for sth/sbbuscar algo/a algn
we searched everywhere for the missing keysbuscamos las llaves que faltaban en todas partes
they are searching for a solution to the crisisestán buscando una solución a la crisis
to search through sth (for sth) rescuers searched through the rubble for survivorslos del equipo de rescate buscaron supervivientes entre los escombros
he searched through our passportsexaminó nuestros pasaportes
D. CPD search engine N (Internet) → buscador m, motor m de búsqueda
search party Npelotón m de búsqueda
search warrant Norden f de registro
search about search around VI + ADVbuscar por todas partes
search out VT + ADV I searched him out in the coffee breakfui a buscarlo durante la pausa para el café
if you can search out a copy, it is worth readingsi encuentras un ejemplar, merece la pena que lo leas
search out the less well-known winestrate de descubrir los vinos menos conocidos

search

[ˈsɜːrtʃ]
n
(for person, thing)recherches fpl, recherche f
We eventually found the keys after a long search → Nous avons fini par trouver les clés après de longues recherches.
the search for sth [+ clues, evidence, survivors] → la recherche de qch; [+ work] → la recherche de qch; [+ peace, solution, truth] → la recherche de qch
in search of → à la recherche de
[drawer, pockets, room] → fouille f
(LAW) [house] → perquisition f
a house search → une perquisition domiciliaire body search
(COMPUTING)recherche f
to do a search → faire une recherche
vt
[+ room, drawer, house] → fouiller
to search sth for sb
They searched the woods for her → Ils ont fouillé les bois pour la trouver.
[police, customs] [+ area, house, bags] → fouiller; [+ person] → fouiller
Police searched the building for clues → La police a fouillé le bâtiment à la recherche d'indices.
search me! → je n'en sais fichtre rien!
(= consult) [+ records, archives] → compulser
to search one's memory → fouiller dans sa mémoire
to search one's mind for sth → chercher qch dans son esprit
She searched her mind for some words of comfort → Elle chercha dans son esprit quelques mots de réconfort.
to search sb's face → scruter le visage de qn
(COMPUTING) to search the web → faire une recherche sur le Web
to search files → faire une recherche de fichiers
vi
(for person, thing)mener des recherches
(COMPUTING)lancer une recherche
"search and replace" → "rechercher et remplacer"
search for
vt fus
[+ clues, evidence, survivors] → rechercher; [+ work] → rechercher; [+ peace, solution, truth] → rechercher
He searched for evidence → Il recherchait des preuves.
(COMPUTING) [+ data, file, word] → rechercher
search through
vt fusfouillersearch engine n (COMPUTING)moteur m de recherche

search

n (= hunt: for lost object, missing person etc) → Suche f(for nach); (= examination: of cupboard, luggage, suspect etc) → Durchsuchung f (→ of +gen); (esp Jur: of documents) → Nachforschungen pl (→ of über +acc); (Comput) → Suchlauf m, → Suchvorgang m; right of searchDurchsuchungsrecht nt; to go in search of somebody/somethingauf die Suche nach jdm/etw gehen; to carry out a search of a houseeine Haus(durch)suchung machen; I found an interesting book in my searchbei meiner Suche or beim Suchen habe ich ein interessantes Buch gefunden; to do a search for somethingnach etw suchen; they arranged a search for the missing childsie veranlassten eine Suchaktion nach dem vermissten Kind; to do a search (and replace) for something (Comput) → etw suchen (und ersetzen)
vt (→ nach) → durchsuchen; archives, recordssuchen in (+dat), → durchforschen; conscienceerforschen; memory, sb’s facedurchforschen; to search a place for somebody/somethingeinen Ort nach jdm absuchen/nach etw durch- or absuchen; search me! (inf)was weiß ich? (inf); if you search your heart …wenn Sie Ihr Herz fragen
vi (also Comput) → suchen (for nach)

search

:
search-and-destroy
adj (Mil) → Vernichtungs-; search missionVernichtungsmission f
search engine
n (Comput) → Suchmaschine f

search

:
search item
n (Comput) → Suchbegriff m
searchlight
search mode
n (Comput) → Suchmodus m
search operation
n
(of police)Fahndung f
(Comput) → Suchlauf m
search party
search program
n (Comput) → Suchprogramm nt
search time
n (Comput) → Suchdauer f
search tuning
n (Rad) → Sendersuchlauf m
search warrant
search word
n (Comput) → Suchwort nt, → Suchbegriff m

search

[sɜːtʃ]
1. n
a. (for sth lost) → ricerca
in search of → alla ricerca di
to make a search for sb/sth → fare delle ricerche per trovare qn/qc
b. (of person, building) → perquisizione f
to carry out a search of sth (subj, police, customs official) → eseguire una perquisizione di qc (thief) → frugare in qc
c. (Comput) → ricerca
"search and replace" → "ricerca e sostituzione"
2. vt
a. to search (for) (subj, police) → perquisire (alla ricerca di); (thief) → frugare (alla ricerca di); (area, woods) → perlustrare or setacciare (alla ricerca di)
the police searched him for drugs → la polizia l'ha perquisito alla ricerca di droga
search me! (fig) (fam) → e che ne so io?
b. (scan, records, documents, photograph) → esaminare minuziosamente; (notice-board, newspaper) → leggere attentamente (Comput) → ricercare; (one's conscience) → interrogare; (one's memory) → frugare in
he searched her face for some sign of affection → scrutava il suo viso in cerca di un segno di affetto
3. vi
a. (gen) → cercare
to search after or for sb/sth → cercare qn/qc
to search through or in sth for sth → frugare or rovistare qc alla ricerca di qc
b. (Comput) to search forricercare
search out vt + advscovare
the library eventually searched out the book I wanted → la biblioteca alla fine ha rintracciato il libro che cercavo

search

(səːtʃ) verb
1. (often with for) to look for something by careful examination. Have you searched through your pockets thoroughly?; I've been searching for that book for weeks.
2. (of the police etc) to examine, looking for eg stolen goods. He was taken to the police station, searched and questioned.
noun
an act of searching. His search did not take long.
ˈsearcher noun
ˈsearching adjective
trying to find out the truth by careful examination. He gave me a searching look.
ˈsearchingly adverb
ˈsearchlight noun
a strong light with a beam that can be turned in any direction, used eg to see enemy aeroplanes in the sky.
search party
a group of people looking for a missing person. When the climbers failed to return, a search party was sent out.
search warrant
a warrant giving legal permission to the police to search a house etc.
in search of
searching for. We went in search of a restaurant.

search

بَحْث, يُفَتِّشُ pátrání, pátrat eftersøgning, søge Suche, suchen αναζήτηση, ψάχνω buscar, búsqueda etsiä, etsintä fouille, fouiller potraga, tragati cercare, ricerca 捜索, 捜索する 검색, 검색하다 zoeken, zoektocht ransake, ransaking poszukać, poszukiwanie busca, procurar искать, поиск söka, sökning การค้นหา, ค้นหา arama, aramak lục soát, sự tìm kiếm 搜索

search

n. búsqueda, investigación; registro;
v. buscar, registrar; investigar.
References in classic literature ?
When the music stopped, they sat down on the stairs to get their breath, and Laurie was in the midst of an account of a students' festival at Heidelberg when Meg appeared in search of her sister.
When the boy did not come home an alarm was set up and John Hardy with several men of the town went to search the country.
And now, what I want to do, is to go and make a search for this buried city.
They sat under a little oak, Tony resting against the trunk and the other girls leaning against her and each other, and listened to the little I was able to tell them about Coronado and his search for the Seven Golden Cities.
His search has always hitherto been fruitless, and he has sunk back, disheartened, into the sea.
There were now a few minutes of fearful stillness, during which Heyward well knew that the savages conducted their search with greater vigilance and method.
A dead man sits on all our judgment-seats; and living judges do but search out and repeat his decisions.
This Inspector, when I first knew him, was a man of fourscore years, or thereabouts, and certainly one of the most wonderful specimens of winter-green that you would be likely to discover in a lifetime's search.
to sink the whole subject; and I was quick to assure her that my own interest in it had now violently taken the form of a search for the way to escape from it.
At last, after much dodging search, he finds the Tarshish ship receiving the last items of her cargo; and as he steps on board to see its Captain in the cabin, all the sailors for the moment desist from hoisting in the goods, to mark the stranger's evil eye.
Far back on the side of the head, and low down, near the angle of either whale's jaw, if you narrowly search, you will at last see a lashless eye, which you would fancy to be a young colt's eye; so out of all proportion is it to the magnitude of the head.
The road to Earlshall led through woods that belonged to the earl; the sound came in that direction, and I hoped it might be some one coming in search of us.