search - definition and synonyms


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  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.

  2. 2
    [countable] the process of examining official documents to find information
    1. a.
      the process of using a computer to find information, especially on the Internet
      do a search:

      You can probably get the address by doing an Internet search.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the process of searching for information on the Internet, or the business and technology that supports this

    Founded in 1995, Yahoo was quick to get into search.