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
Synonyms: look_for seek

"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
Synonyms: look

"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
Synonyms: explore research
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
Synonyms: lookup

"they wrote a program to do a table lookup"

Related terms: operation
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"

Related terms: examination
Similar spelling:   Searcy