Meaning of SEARCH in English


v. & n.


1. tr. look through or go over thoroughly to find something.

2 tr. examine or feel over (a person) to find anything concealed.

3 tr. a probe or penetrate into. b examine or question (one's mind, conscience, etc.) thoroughly.

4 intr. (often foll. by for) make a search or investigation.

5 intr. (as searching adj.) (of an examination) thorough; leaving no loopholes.

6 tr. (foll. by out) look probingly for; seek out.


1. an act of searching.

2 an investigation.

Phrases and idioms:

in search of trying to find. right of search a belligerent's right to stop a neutral vessel and search it for prohibited goods. search me! colloq. I do not know. search-party a group of people organized to look for a lost person or thing. search warrant an official authorization to enter and search a building.


searchable adj. searcher n. searchingly adv.

Etymology: ME f. AF sercher, OF cerchier f. LL circare go round (as CIRCUS)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.