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
Related Words for searcherpilgrim, adventurer, pioneer, seeker, traveler, searcher, pathfinder, experimenter
Examples from the Web for searcher
Contemporary Examples of searcher
At the very least, Alicia needs to position herself as a searcher, like her husband.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
MacLaine, avid spiritualist and searcher, is comfortable with the unanswerable.Shirley MacLaine on ‘Bernie,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ and Her Lifetime Achievments
April 25, 2012
Historical Examples of searcher
These matters did not interest the searcher in the slightest; they only wasted his precious time.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Is not the name of the author commonly uppermost in the mind of the searcher?A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Our spirit must be that of the searcher for new truth, and for a better life.The Psychology of Nations
It would hold half a dozen men, and floated by the side of the Searcher.
He thought he recognized the black back of the Searcher, and he was not mistaken.
- 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