(noun, verb)


1. the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

Similar word(s): hunt, hunting

Definition categories: act, activity

2. an investigation seeking answers

- a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing

- the outcome justified the search

Definition categories: act, investigating, investigation

3. an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property

Similar word(s): lookup

Definition categories: process, operation

4. the examination of alternative hypotheses

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

Definition categories: thought

5. boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas

- right of search

Definition categories: act, examination, scrutiny

Sentences with search as a noun:

- With only five minutes until we were meant to leave, the search for the keys started in earnest.

- Search is a hard problem for computers to solve efficiently.


1. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

- The police are searching for clues

- They are searching for the missing man in the entire county

Similar word(s): seek

Definition categories: contact

2. search or seek

Similar word(s): look

Definition categories: perception, examine, see

3. inquire into

- 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

Similar word(s): explore, research

Definition categories: cognition, investigate

4. subject to a search

- The police searched the suspect

- We searched the whole house for the missing keys

Definition categories: contact, examine, see

Sentences with search as a verb:

- I searched the garden for the keys and found them in the vegetable patch.

- The police are searching for evidence in his flat.