search

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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 formssearch·a·ble, adjectivesearch·a·ble·ness, nounsearch·er, nounout·search, verb (used with object)pre·search, noun, verb (used with object)un·der·search, nounun·searched, adjectivewell-searched, adjective

Synonyms for search

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British Dictionary definitions for searchable

search

verb

to look through (a place, records, etc) thoroughly in order to find someone or something
(tr) to examine (a person) for concealed objects by running one's hands over the clothing
to look at or examine (something) closelyto search one's conscience
(tr foll by out) to discover by investigation
surgery
  1. to explore (a bodily cavity) during a surgical procedure
  2. to probe (a wound)
(tr) military to fire all over (an area)
computing to review (a file) to locate specific information
archaic to penetrate
search me informal I don't know

noun

the act or an instance of searching
the examination of a vessel by the right of search
computing
  1. a review of a file to locate specific information
  2. (as modifier)a search routine
right of search international law the right possessed by the warships of a belligerent state in time of war to board and search merchant vessels to ascertain whether ship or cargo is liable to seizure
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
adj.

1550s, from search (v.) + -able. Cf. unsearchable.

search

v.

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.

search

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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