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noun search pronunciation in British English /sɜː(r)tʃ/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] an attempt to find something

    Despite a thorough search, they found no drugs on him.

    search for:

    The authorities carried out several air searches for survivors of the crash.

    search of:

    The police have conducted an extensive search of the area.

    make a search:

    We’ll have to make a thorough search of the office.

    in search of something (=looking for something):

    Many people had left their homes to go in search of food.

    call off/abandon a search:

    Bad weather forced the rescuers to abandon their search.

    1. a.
      an attempt to find an answer or information
      search for:

      The committee is involved in a search for solutions to key international problems.

  2. 2
    [countable] the process of examining official documents to find information
    search of:

    A search of the parish records provided useful biographical information.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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