[ ran-sak ]
/ ˈræn sæk /
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verb (used with object)
to search thoroughly or vigorously through (a house, receptacle, etc.): They ransacked the house for the missing letter.
to search through for plunder; pillage: The enemy ransacked the entire town.
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Origin of ransack
First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsaka “to search, examine (for evidence of crime),” equivalent to rann “house” + saka, variant of sœkja “to search;” see seek)
OTHER WORDS FROM ransackran·sack·er, nounun·ran·sacked, adjective
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How to use ransack in a sentence
From this ferocious ransacker of entrails we expect nothing of the kind.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles|Jean Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for ransack
/ (ˈrænsæk) /
to search through every part of (a house, box, etc); examine thoroughly
to plunder; pillage
Derived forms of ransackransacker, noun
Word Origin for ransack
C13: from Old Norse rann house + saka to search, seek
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