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Definition of search noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1search (for somebody/something) an attempt to find someone or 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(computing) an act of looking for information in a computer database or network to do a search on the Internet
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