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?
Origin of search
Synonyms for search
Examples from the Web for searched
Contemporary Examples of searched
Morris searched for whatever strength was left in his malnourished body.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
“We searched all the impound lots in the city, and there they were,” Alvarado said.Mexico’s Murderous SWAT Teams
November 10, 2014
Erwin Blumenfeld is one of the most searched and most shared artists on line.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
In contrast, the area to be searched for Flight MH370 is 17,500 square miles, an unprecedented challenge.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
Early on, it was all movie stars, but now, some of our most searched actresses are from television.The Movie Nudity Maestro: Jim McBride on 15 Years of Mr. Skin and That Scarlett Johansson Scene
August 9, 2014
Historical Examples of searched
Man followed their example and searched until he found an empty grotto.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
While he searched desperately for an answer, Andrew found none.Way of the Lawless
She has been searched, and we have found about a hundred dollars worth of laces on her.
Then she went to the telephone-book and searched for the number of Gilder's house.
Faust gave a little start and searched Dixon's face, furtively.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- 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