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rum·mage

rummage

 
 
pronunciation:
ruh mihj
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a quick, vigorous search.
He rummaged through the closet to find his tennis shoes.
synonyms:
dig, forage, root
similar words:
grub, hunt, look, poke, rout, search
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: rummages, rummaging, rummaged
definition 1: to search through thoroughly, as by displacing or overturning and examining all the contents of.
I rummaged the desk for my keys.
synonyms:
comb, forage, rake, root
similar words:
hunt, ransack, rifle, scour, search, sift
definition 2: to discover or bring forth by such a search (often fol. by "out" or "up").
I rummaged out some old pictures of him from the bottom of my drawer.
synonyms:
fish, hunt, root, rout
similar words:
come across, discover, find
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a quick, vigorous search of the contents of a place or container.
I did a rummage through my closet, but I couldn't find my black boots.
synonyms:
look
definition 2: a collection of miscellaneous, usu. used, articles; odds and ends.
I found this picture frame at a sale of old rummage.
synonyms:
miscellany, odds and ends
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derivation: rummager (n.)