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[ 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
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Idioms about search

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

Origin of search

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English verb serchen, cerchen, from Anglo-French sercher or directly from Old French cerchier, from Late Latin circāre “to go around,” derivative of Latin circus “circle”; noun derivative of the verb

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British Dictionary definitions for search

search
/ (sɜːtʃ) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of search

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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