Definition of ransack verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ransack

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈrænsæk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrænsæk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ransack
BrE BrE//ˈrænsæk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrænsæk//
 
he / she / it ransacks
BrE BrE//ˈrænsæks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrænsæks//
 
past simple ransacked
BrE BrE//ˈrænsækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrænsækt//
 
past participle ransacked
BrE BrE//ˈrænsækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrænsækt//
 
-ing form ransacking
BrE BrE//ˈrænsækɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrænsækɪŋ//
 
 
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ransack something (for something) to make a place untidy, causing damage, because you are looking for something synonym turn upside down The house had been ransacked by burglars. The palace was ransacked by rioters in 1848. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse rannsaka, from rann ‘house’ + a second element related to sœkja ‘seek’.
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