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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 can be a verb or a noun.
If you search a place or person, you examine them thoroughly because you are trying to find something.
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.
A search is an attempt to find something or someone by looking for them carefully.
Past participle: searched
|Noun||1.||search - 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
frisk, frisking - the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs; "he gave the suspect a quick frisk"
manhunt - an organized search (by police) for a person (charged with a crime)
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"|
|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"|
|Verb||1.||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"|
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
grub - search about busily
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
|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"
|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"
|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"
police launched a massive search for the killer → la policía ha emprendido una enorme operación de búsqueda para encontrar al asesino
the search for peace → la búsqueda de la paz
to conduct a search = to make a search
in search of → en busca de
they come to the city in search of work → vienen a la ciudad en busca de trabajo
we went in search of a restaurant → fuimos a buscar un restaurante
to make a search → llevar a cabo una búsqueda
search and rescue → búsqueda y rescate
she had to submit to a body search → tuvo que dejar que la registraran or cachearan
police made a thorough search of the premises → la policía registró todo el local
to search sth/sb (for sth/sb) he searched his pockets for change → se miró los bolsillos en busca de monedas
she searched the kitchen drawers for her keys → buscó las llaves en los cajones de la cocina
I searched the whole house for food → he revuelto toda la casa en busca de comida
we searched the entire office but the file didn't turn up → registramos la oficina de arriba abajo pero no encontramos el archivo
they were searched for weapons as they left → los 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!
his eyes searched the sky for the approaching helicopter → escudriñó el cielo en busca del helicóptero que se acercaba
his eyes searched my face for any sign of guilt → sus ojos escudriñaban mi rostro en busca de algún rastro de culpabilidad
to search one's conscience → examinar (uno) su conciencia
to search one's memory → hacer memoria
to search after truth/happiness → buscar la verdad/la felicidad
to search for sth/sb → buscar algo/a algn
we searched everywhere for the missing keys → buscamos las llaves que faltaban en todas partes
they are searching for a solution to the crisis → están buscando una solución a la crisis
to search through sth (for sth) rescuers searched through the rubble for survivors → los del equipo de rescate buscaron supervivientes entre los escombros
he searched through our passports → examinó nuestros pasaportes
search party N → pelotón m de búsqueda
search warrant N → orden f de registro
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
to search sth for sb
They searched the woods for her → Ils ont fouillé les bois pour la trouver.
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!
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
He searched for evidence → Il recherchait des preuves.
in search of → alla ricerca di
to make a search for sb/sth → fare delle ricerche per trovare qn/qc
to carry out a search of sth (subj, police, customs official) → eseguire una perquisizione di qc (thief) → frugare in qc
the police searched him for drugs → la polizia l'ha perquisito alla ricerca di droga
search me! (fig) (fam) → e che ne so io?
he searched her face for some sign of affection → scrutava il suo viso in cerca di un segno di affetto
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