verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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?
- search dog,
- search engine,
- search engine optimization,
- search me,
- search order
Origin of search
Examples from the Web for search
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.
Dacres pleaded so earnestly that he was permitted to go with the small crew in search of the missing man.The Cruise of the "Lively Bee"|John De Morgan
Search it as they pleased, not even the practisect eye of Captain Davis could descry the smallest interruption.The Ebb-Tide|Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
It is not here, but in the pages of his Journal for ten years before, that we must search for the secret of d'Argenson's thought.The Marquis D'Argenson: A Study in Criticism|Arthur Ogle
First of all, he continued to search through the letters, pocketing those which were obviously bills.Adrien Leroy|Charles Garvice
Pasteur accompanied by wife and daughter had gone in search of his son, sick at Pontarlier.An Introduction to the History of Science|Walter Libby
- 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
Word Origin for search
c.1300, from Old French cerchier "to search" (12c., Modern French chercher), from Latin circare "go about, wander, traverse," in Late Latin "to wander hither and thither," from circus "circle" (see circus). Phrase search me as a verbal shrug of ignorance first recorded 1901. Search engine attested from 1988. Search and destroy as a modifier is 1966, American English, from the Vietnam War. Search and rescue is from 1944.
c.1400, "act of searching;" early 15c., "right to investigate illegal activity; examination of records, wills, etc.; a search through an area or a place," from Anglo-French serche, Old French cerche, from cerchier (see search (v.)). Search warrant attested from 1739.
In addition to the idiom beginning with search
- search me
- high and low, search
- in search of