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Definition 1: the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for search in the sense of this definition

(search is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of search ) moving over territory to search for something

"scouring the entire area revealed nothing"

(... is a kind of search ) a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion)

"he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis"

(... is a kind of search ) the act of searching for something

"a quest for diamonds"

(... is a kind of search ) an organized search (by police) for a person (charged with a crime)

(... is a kind of search ) the act of searching visually

(... is a kind of search ) the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs

"he gave the suspect a quick frisk"

(... is a kind of search ) the act of searching for food and provisions

(... is a kind of search ) a careful systematic search

(... is a kind of search ) a very thorough search of a person or a place

"a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"

Definition 2: boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas - [noun denoting act]

Samples where search or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • right of search

(search is a kind of ...) the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

Definition 3: an investigation seeking answers - [noun denoting act]

Samples where search or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing
  • the outcome justified the search

(search is a kind of ...) the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

Definition 4: the examination of alternative hypotheses - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where search or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful

(search is a kind of ...) cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use

(... is a kind of search ) an instance of searching for something

"the hunt for submarines"

(... is a kind of search ) a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria

"the pursuit of love" "life is more than the pursuance of fame" "a quest for wealth"

Definition 5: an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property - [noun denoting process]

Samples where search or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they wrote a program to do a table lookup

Synonyms for search in the sense of this definition

(search is a kind of ...) (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)

"it can perform millions of operations per second"

Definition 6: inquire into - [verb of cognition]

Samples where search or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project
  • He searched for information on his relatives on the web
  • Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness

Synonyms for search in the sense of this definition

(search is a kind of ...) investigate scientifically

"Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"

(... is a kind of search ) explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals

(... is a kind of search ) search the internet (for information) using the Google search engine

"He googled the woman he had met at the party" "My children are googling all day"

(... is a kind of search ) search for a location and directions by means of the MapQuest program

"you can just mapquest the restaurant"

(... is a kind of search ) explore anew

"We need to re-explore Colonialism"

(... is a kind of search ) search anxiously

Definition 7: try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of - [verb of contact]

Samples where search or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The police are searching for clues
  • They are searching for the missing man in the entire county

Synonyms for search in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of search ) search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost

(... is a kind of search ) grope or feel in search of something

"He felt for his wallet"

(... is a kind of search ) search about busily

(... is a kind of search ) seek indirectly

"fish for compliments"

(... is a kind of search ) go in search of or hunt for

"pursue a hobby"

(... is a kind of search ) look for a specific person or thing

(... is a kind of search ) examine minutely

"The police scoured the country for the fugitive"

(... is a kind of search ) hunt or look for; want for a particular reason

"Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI" "Uncle Sam wants you"

(... is a kind of search ) look for (food) in nature

"Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"

(... is a kind of search ) seek, search for

"She hunted for her reading glasses but was unable to locate them"

(... is a kind of search ) search thoroughly and exhaustively

"The police left no stone unturned in looking for the President's murderer"

(... is a kind of search ) look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular

"browse a computer directory" "surf the internet or the world wide web"

(... is a kind of search ) search by divining, as if with a rod

"He claimed he could divine underground water"

(... is a kind of search ) feel about uncertainly or blindly

"She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"

(... is a kind of search ) search for on the computer

"I fingered my boss and found that he is not logged on in the afternoons"

(... is a kind of search ) shop around; not necessarily buying

"I don't need help, I'm just browsing"

Definition 8: subject to a search - [verb of contact]

Samples where search or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The police searched the suspect
  • We searched the whole house for the missing keys

(search is a kind of ...) observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

"The customs agent examined the baggage" "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

(... is a kind of search ) search for something needed or desired

"Our babysitter raided our refrigerator"

(... is a kind of search ) search as for concealed weapons by running the hands rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets

"The police frisked everyone at the airport"

(... is a kind of search ) search (someone) for weapons or drugs by having the person remove their clothes

"He was strip-searched at the airport"

(... is a kind of search ) make a wide, sweeping search of

"The beams scanned the night sky"

(... is a kind of search ) go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way

"Who rifled through my desk drawers?"

(... is a kind of search ) search haphazardly

"We rummaged through the drawers"

(... is a kind of search ) search thoroughly

"They combed the area for the missing child"

Definition 9: search or seek - [verb of perception]

Samples where search or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest
  • Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!

Synonyms for search in the sense of this definition

(search is a kind of ...) observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

"The customs agent examined the baggage" "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

(... is a kind of search ) search (an area) for prey

"The King used to hunt these forests"

(... is a kind of search ) look for a sexual partner in a public place

"The men were cruising the park"

(... is a kind of search ) search for something desirable

"prospect a job"

(... is a kind of search ) search or inquire in a meddlesome way

"This guy is always nosing around the office"

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