Definition of search noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sɜːtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɜːrtʃ//
    Using a computer
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  1. 1  search (for somebody/something) an attempt to find somebody/something, especially by looking carefully for them/it a long search for the murder weapon Detectives carried out a thorough search of the building. She went into the kitchen in search of (= looking for) a drink. The search for a cure goes on. The search is on (= has begun) for someone to fill the post. Eventually the search was called off. a search and rescue team
  2. 2   [countable, uncountable] (computing) an act or the activity of looking for information in a computer database or network to do a search on the Internet Their main service, Internet search, is free to users. See related entries: Using a computer
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cerchier (verb), from late Latin circare ‘go round’, from Latin circus ‘circle’.Extra examples A search committee was established to help the President find his Supreme Court nominee. A team of police officers did a fingertip search of the area. Companies try to identify the most popular search terms. His disappearance prompted a week-long search. I did an Internet search for free music sites. I was subjected to a body search by customs officials. Inspector Binns is leading the search for the stolen paintings. Michael went off in search of another bottle of wine. Police conducted a routine search of all the houses in the area. The Constitution forbids unreasonable searches and seizures. The President could order warrantless searches for national security purposes. The police immediately launched a nationwide search for the killer. The police mounted an extensive search operation. The search for the missing men was conducted in poor weather conditions. The search was called off when it began to get dark. They sent out a search party to look for her. This is one of the fastest Internet search engines. Type your domain name in the search box. We’re constantly in search of new talent. You can refine a search using Boolean parameters. a quick search on the Internet an executive search firm random security searches the search for oil off the coast to narrow the search area After a long search for the murder weapon, the police found a knife. She went into the kitchen in search of a drink. The search is on for someone to fill the post. a mountain search and rescue team
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