|1.||[ noun ] the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone|
|Synonyms:||hunting hunt searching|
|Related terms:||activity exploration ransacking scouring foraging quest shakedown frisk looking manhunt dowsing hunt|
|2.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||seek_out want gather grope quest_for feel fish scour ferret shop grub divine maraud dredge divine browse hunt leave_no_stone_unturned finger quest|
|3.||[ verb ] search or seek|
"We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest" "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
|Related terms:||examine pry cruise prospect hunt|
|4.||[ noun ] an investigation seeking answers|
"a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing" or "the outcome justified the search"
|Related terms:||investigation research|
|5.||[ verb ] inquire into|
|Related terms:||investigate re-explore cast_about prospect research research_worker inquiry exploration|
|6.||[ verb ] subject to a search|
"The police searched the suspect" "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
|Related terms:||examine comb rummage scan frisk raid strip-search go|
|7.||[ noun ] (computer science) 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"
|8.||[ noun ] (psychology) the examination of alternative hypotheses|
"his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
|Related terms:||higher_cognitive_process hunt hunt|
|9.||[ noun ] (nautical) boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas|
"right of search"