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pronunciation:
suhrch
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: searches, searching, searched
definition 1: to look through thoroughly in order to find something.
The cook searched all the cabinets for the red pepper.The police searched the surrounding woods for the missing boy.
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:
dig out, unearth
similar words:
discover, find, reveal, rummage out, scout out
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make an examination or conduct an investigation in order to find something.
The police are searching for the two prisoners who escaped.Did you find the information you were searching for?
synonyms:
hunt, look
similar words:
delve, explore, investigate, probe, rummage, seek
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part of speech: noun
definition: an act of searching.
The police have begun a search for the missing person.You'll need to conduct a search of all your files.She went on a search for her father, but she never found him.
synonyms:
hunt, look, shakedown
similar words:
pursuit, quest
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