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verb     search pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to find something or someone by looking carefully

    After three days of searching, I gave up.

    He searched his mind but couldn’t come up with the answer.

    search for:

    Detectives have been brought in to help search for clues.

    search through:

    Rescue teams are still searching through the wreckage for survivors.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to carefully examine something or someone for something that is hidden

    The police have arrested a man after searching his house.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to use a computer to look for information, especially on the Internet

    I got most of the answers by searching the Net.


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