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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.


Synonymslookup


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


Synonymslook


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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