search

[[t]sɜ͟ː(r)tʃ[/t]]
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searches, searching, searched
1) VERB If you search for something or someone, you look carefully for them.

[V for n] The Turkish security forces have started searching for the missing men...

[V for n] They searched for a spot where they could sit on the floor...

[V for n] Nonetheless there are signs that both sides may be searching for a compromise. [Also V]

2) VERB If you search a place, you look carefully for something or someone there.

[V n] Armed troops searched the hospital yesterday...

[V n for n] She searched her desk for the necessary information...

[V prep] Relief workers are still searching through collapsed buildings looking for victims.

3) N-COUNT: oft N for n A search is an attempt to find something or someone by looking for them carefully.

There was no chance of him being found alive and the search was abandoned...

Egypt has said there is no time to lose in the search for a Middle East settlement.

4) VERB If a police officer or someone else in authority searches you, they look carefully to see whether you have something hidden on you.

[V n] The man took her suitcase from her and then searched her...

[V n for n] His first task was to search them for weapons.

5) See also , strip-search
6) PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n If you go in search of something or someone, you try to find them.

Miserable, and unexpectedly lonely, she went in search of Jean-Paul...

The law already denies entry to people in search of better economic opportunities.

7) CONVENTION (emphasis) You say `search me' when someone asks you a question and you want to emphasize that you do not know the answer. [INFORMAL]

`So why did he get interested all of a sudden?' - `Search me.'

Phrasal Verbs:
Syn:
no idea

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • search — I verb chase after, closely examine, comb, delve, examine, examine by inspection, explore, ferret, follow the trail of, go through, hunt, indagate, inquire into, inspect, investigate, look into, look over, look through, probe, pry into, pursue,… …   Law dictionary

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  • Search — Search  многозначный термин. Содержание 1 Значения 2 Акронимы 3 The Search 4 См. также …   Википедия

  • Search — Search, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Searched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Searching}.] [OE. serchen, cerchen, OF. cerchier, F. chercher, L. circare to go about, fr. L. circum, circa, around. See {Circle}.] 1. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Search — Search, n. [Cf. OF. cerche. See {Search}, v. t.] The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination. [1913 Webster] Thus the orb he roamed With narrow search, and with inspection deep… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • search — [sʉrch] vt. [ME searchen < OFr cercher < LL circare, to go round, go about, explore < circus, a ring: see CIRCUS] 1. to go over or look through for the purpose of finding something; explore; rummage; examine [to search a house for a lost …   English World dictionary

  • Search — [sə:tʃ], das; s [engl. search = das Suchen, zu: to search = suchen, über afrz. cerchier (= frz. chercher) aus spätlat. circare = prüfend umhergehen] (Jargon): Suche nach Informationen (z. B. im Internet). * * * Search   [engl.], suchen …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Search — [sə:tʃ] das; s <aus engl. search »das Suchen« zu engl. to search »suchen«, dies über mittelfr. cerchier (fr. chercher) aus spätlat. circare »prüfend umhergehen«> das Suchen nach Informationen im ↑Internet (EDV) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • search — ► VERB 1) try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly. 2) examine (a place, vehicle, or person) thoroughly in order to find something or someone. 3) (searching) investigating very deeply: searching questions. ►… …   English terms dictionary

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