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English noun: search

1. search (act) the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

Synonymshunt, hunting

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)exploration, forage, foraging, frisk, frisking, looking, looking for, manhunt, quest, ransacking, rummage, scouring, seeking, shakedown

2. search (act) an investigation seeking answers

SamplesA thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing.
The outcome justified the search.

Broader (hypernym)investigating, investigation

3. search (process) an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property

SamplesThey wrote a program to do a table lookup.


Broader (hypernym)operation

4. search (cognition) the examination of alternative hypotheses

SamplesHis search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful.

Broader (hypernym)higher cognitive process

Narrower (hyponym)hunt, pursuance, pursuit, quest

5. search (act) boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas

SamplesRight of search.

Broader (hypernym)examination, scrutiny

English verb: search

1. search (contact) try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

SamplesThe police are searching for clues.
They are searching for the missing man in the entire county.

ExamplesThe banks search the check, Sam cannot search Sue , They search the water

Synonymslook for, seek

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)angle, browse, browse, divine, drag, dredge, feel, finger, fish, fumble, gather, go after, grope, grub, hunt, leave no stone unturned, pursue, quest after, quest for, scour, seek out, shop, surf, want

2. search (perception) search or seek

SamplesWe looked all day and finally found the child in the forest.
Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!.

ExamplesThe men search the area for animals , The men search for animals in the area


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)examine, see

Narrower (hyponym)cruise, horn in, hunt, intrude, nose, poke, prospect, pry

3. search (cognition) inquire into

SamplesThe students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project.
He searched for information on his relatives on the web.
Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness.

Synonymsexplore, research

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)investigate, look into

Narrower (hyponym)beat about, cast about, cast around, google, mapquest, prospect, re-explore

4. search (contact) subject to a search

SamplesThe police searched the suspect.
We searched the whole house for the missing keys.

ExamplesThey want to search the prisoners

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)examine, see

Narrower (hyponym)comb, frisk, go, raid, ransack, rifle, rummage, scan, strip-search

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