- the act of searching; careful examination or investigation: Her date with the guy she met online went badly, so her search for “Mr. Right” continues.
- an instance of this: Did the search turn up any clues?
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What is a basic definition of search?
Search means to look to find something that is missing or whose location has been forgotten or is unknown. It also means to carefully examine a person or thing to find something that is hidden. A more modern meaning of search is to enter a query on a search engine or website in order to find a specific page or piece of information. Search is also used as a noun to refer to the process of looking for something. Search has many other senses as both a verb and a noun.
Most generally, search means to look for something. It usually implies something more thorough than just looking.
Real-life examples: People search for buried treasure, missing children, and things that they have lost, among many other things. Sometimes, people are said to search for abstract things, such as meaning or happiness.
Used in a sentence: We searched everywhere in the house for my sister’s missing toy.
Search also means to look closely at or examine a person or thing to find something that may be concealed or hidden.
Real-life examples: Police and security guards search people to check for weapons or illegal items they may be hiding on themselves or in something they own. Collectors or appraisers will often search an item for damage or signs that something may be fake.
Used in a sentence: The art expert searched the statue to find the sculptor’s trademark signature that proved it was genuine.
Search is also commonly used in the context of searching the internet, a website, or an individual webpage.
Real-life examples: When you use a search engine, you enter a search term in order to view the search results to find what you’re looking for. This process is called a search.
Used in a sentence: I searched for the exact phrase, but there were no results, so I tried another search using only keywords.
As a noun, search also commonly refers to the process of trying to find something. An investigation is a kind of search for the truth.
Real-life examples: Police often conduct searches to find missing people or suspects. People participate in or start searches focused on finding many different things, such as romantic partners, colleges, missing wallets, or answers to questions.
Used in a sentence: I haven’t made much progress in my search for the perfect birthday present for my girlfriend.
Where does search come from?
The first records of the word search come from the early 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Late Latin verb circāre, meaning “to go around.” The noun sense comes from the verb.
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What are some other forms related to search?
- searchable (adjective)
- searcher (noun)
What are some synonyms for search?
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How is search used in real life?
Search is a common word that’s used in the context of looking for something.
Some people are lucky enough to find love early in their life, some are cursed to search for it forever.
— Handoko Tjung (@handokotjung) November 20, 2020
My search for a birthday dress has been a fail thus far 😩
— Sambalina (@JaydynsDynasty) November 22, 2020
Been looking for a song for 1,5 years. I didn't remember the title or any of the lyrics. All I had in my head is 1 second of the clip. I was searching through old songs so maybe it would show up in the suggested videos. Today it showed on the main page. Bless you YouTube gods!
— Grzegorz Komincz (@Liquid_MaNa) November 24, 2020
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Is search used correctly in the following sentence?
After a long search, the man finally found his wedding ring, which he had dropped in the sand.
How to use search in a sentence
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It plans on rolling it out globally at some point, which is expected to have a 7% impact in the search queries.Google goes dark theme and passage ranking sees the light: Friday’s daily brief|Barry Schwartz|February 12, 2021|Search Engine Land
One of the great advantages of having search data mapped on a graph is that you can easily spot the highs and lows of how many times keywords were searched for.A comprehensive guide on using Google Trends for keyword research|Aayush Gupta|February 12, 2021|Search Engine Watch
In 2019, The Fact Checker noticed the spread of misleading video posed a challenge not only to fact-checkers but also to anyone relying on social media or Web searches to get information or find the latest news.Introducing #DIYFactCheck, a project from The Fact Checker|Nadine Ajaka, Elyse Samuels, Sarah Cahlan|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
In my search for answers about who I was, I pored over religious texts in search of enlightenment.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After a hit, they would adjust the search to the most likely route from there.
The ATSB has been impressive in the way it has taken over the direction of the search for Flight 370.
Search teams find dozens of people and jet debris floating in the Java Sea, as the airline confirms the wreckage is from QZ8501.
We separate the search for justice from the search for truth at our peril.
Felipe was so full of impatience to continue his search, that he hardly listened to the Father's words.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
He will search out the hidden meanings of proverbs, and will be conversant in the secrets of parables.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
But such refuge, he knew, could avail him nothing if the bear should scent him out and search for him.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
His search has always hitherto been fruitless, and he has sunk back, disheartened, into the sea.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Joe,” said Mr. Wardle, after an unsuccessful search in all his pockets, “is my snuff-box on the sofa?The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for search
- to explore (a bodily cavity) during a surgical procedure
- to probe (a wound)
- a review of a file to locate specific information
- (as modifier)a search routine
Derived forms of searchsearchable, adjectivesearcher, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with search
In addition to the idiom beginning with search
- search me
- high and low, search
- in search of