Meaning of SEARCH in English


I. ˈsərch verb

Etymology: Middle English cerchen, from Anglo-French cercher, sercher to travel about, investigate, search, from Late Latin circare to go about, from Latin circum round about — more at circum-

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to look into or over carefully or thoroughly in an effort to find or discover something: as

a. : to examine in seeking something

search ed the north field

b. : to look through or explore by inspecting possible places of concealment or investigating suspicious circumstances

c. : to read thoroughly : check ; especially : to examine a public record or register for information about

search land titles

d. : to examine for articles concealed on the person

e. : to look at as if to discover or penetrate intention or nature

2. : to uncover, find, or come to know by inquiry or scrutiny — usually used with out

intransitive verb

1. : to look or inquire carefully

search ed for the papers

2. : to make painstaking investigation or examination

• search·able ˈsər-chə-bəl adjective

• search·er noun

• search·ing·ly -chiŋ-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 15th century


a. : an act of searching

a search for food

go in search of help

b. : an act of boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas in exercise of right of search

2. obsolete : a party that searches

3. : power or range of penetrating ; also : a penetrating effect

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.