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pronunciation:
suhrch
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: searched, searches, searching
definition 1: to look through thoroughly in order to find something.
The cook frantically searched the cabinets for the spices her dish demanded.I searched everywhere in my room for the missing book.
synonyms:
hunt, scour
similar words:
comb, drag, examine, explore, inspect, investigate, ransack, rifle, rummage, scrutinize, sift
definition 2: to examine (a person) to find something concealed or lost.
The police officer searched the man who had been driving the van.
synonyms:
frisk
similar words:
examine, probe
definition 3: to seek for something by probing into.
He searched his soul for answers.
synonyms:
probe
similar words:
explore, investigate
definition 4: to discover by exploring; come to know (fol. by out).
They searched out the best swimming holes.
synonyms:
unearth
similar words:
discover, find, reveal, rummage out, scout out
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make an examination or conduct an investigation.
synonyms:
hunt
similar words:
delve, explore, investigate, look, probe, rummage, seek
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part of speech: noun
definition: an act of searching.
synonyms:
hunt, look, shakedown
similar words:
pursuit, quest
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