search

[ surch ]
/ sɜrtʃ /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to inquire, investigate, examine, or seek; conduct an examination or investigation.

noun

Idioms

    search me, I don't know: Why has it taken so long to reach a decision? Search me.

Origin of search

1300–50; (v.) Middle English serchen, cerchen (< Anglo-French sercher) < Old French cerchier < Late Latin circāre to go around, derivative of Latin circus circle; (noun) Middle English serche < Anglo-French serche, Old French cerche, derivative of cerchier

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for search

search

/ (sɜːtʃ) /

verb


noun

Derived Forms

searchable, adjectivesearcher, noun

Word Origin for search

C14: from Old French cerchier, from Late Latin circāre to go around, from Latin circus circle
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Idioms and Phrases with search

search

In addition to the idiom beginning with search

  • search me

also see:

  • high and low, search
  • in search of

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