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Wiktionary

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English

Etymology

From Old French cerchier, from Latin circare.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to search

Third person singular
searches

Simple past
searched

Past participle
searched

Present participle
searching

to search (third-person singular simple present searches, present participle searching, simple past and past participle searched)

  1. (transitive) To look throughout (a place) for something. To try and find something.
    I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.
  2. (intransitive) (followed by "for") To look thoroughly.
    The police are searching for evidence in his flat.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To probe or examine (a wound).
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book I:
      ther they refresshed hem as wel as they myght, and made leches serche theyr woundys and sorowed gretely for the dethe of her peple [...].
    • 1588, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, II.3:
      Now to the bottome dost thou search my wound.

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Noun

Singular
search

Plural
searches

search (plural searches)

  1. An attempt to find something.
    With only five minutes until we were meant to leave, the search for the keys started in earnest.
  2. The act of searching in general.
    Search is a hard problem for computers to solve efficiently

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