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


Nearby words

  1. seaplane,
  2. seaport,
  3. seaq,
  4. seaquake,
  5. sear,
  6. search dog,
  7. search engine,
  8. search engine optimization,
  9. search me,
  10. search order

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

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British Dictionary definitions for searchable

search

/ (sɜːtʃ) /

verb

noun

Derived Formssearchable, 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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Word Origin and History for searchable
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Idioms and Phrases with searchable

search

In addition to the idiom beginning with search

  • search me

also see:

  • high and low, search
  • in search of
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