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To search for something or someone - thesaurus

Synonyms

go through

to examine or search something very carefully

look out for

to look carefully at people or things around you in order to try to find a particular person or thing

seek out

to find someone or something by looking for them in a determined way

search out

to work hard in order to find something

look for

to search for someone or something

hunt down

to try to find a particular thing or person

search

verb

to try to find something or someone by looking carefully

pick through

to search through a collection of things in order to find something

probe

verb

to examine or move through an area, especially in order to find something

scavenge

verb

to search through things that other people have thrown away in order to see if there is anything that you want

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comb

verb

to search a place thoroughly

comb through

to search carefully among things

delve

verb

to search for something in a bag, pocket, etc.

dig around

to try to find something inside a place or container by searching in every part of it

dig into

to put your hand in your pocket or bag in order to find something

divine

verb

to search for underground water using a Y-shaped stick called a divining rod

dowse

verb

to search for water underground using a special stick that moves when you are near the right place

drag

verb

to try to find something in an area of water by pulling a net along the bottom of it

dredge

verb

to look for something at the bottom of a river or lake using a dredge

feel

verb

to try to find something with your hands, especially because you cannot see clearly

ferret

verb

to search for something in a small space

fish

verb

to try to find something by feeling inside a bag, a box, etc.

forage

verb

to search in a wide area for something, especially food

forage

verb

to use your hands to search inside something, for example a pocket or a bag

fossick

verb

Australian to look for something among a lot of other things

gather

verb

to search for and find similar things that you need or want

give something a try

to go to a particular place hoping to find someone or something

go over

to search a place thoroughly

grope

verb

to search for something inside a container, bag, etc. by feeling with your hands

grub

verb

to try to find something by moving things around somewhere, especially somewhere that is dirty or difficult to reach

hunt

verb

to try to find someone or something

hunt

verb

to try to find something that you want or have lost

hunt out

to search very hard for something

keep an eye out for

to keep looking for someone or something, especially when you are doing something else

keep your eyes open/peeled (for)

to keep looking for someone or something that you hope to find

look

verb

to search for someone or something

look around

to try to find something that you want or need

look/search/seek high and low

to search very thoroughly

look through

to search for something among a lot of other things

poke around

to try to find something, especially by moving other things

probe

verb

to press something with your fingers or with a tool, especially in order to find something

put a tracer on something

to begin a process for finding something that is missing, for example a letter that someone has sent that has not been delivered

rifle

verb

to search quickly through something such as a container or a group of objects in order to find or steal something

root

verb

to search for something by putting your hand deep into a place and pushing things around

rummage

verb

to search for something among a lot of other things

scour

verb

to search a place or document thoroughly for something

scout

verb

to look for someone who has a lot of ability, especially for work in sports or entertainment

scout out

to try to find something

scrabble

verb

to make a lot of small quick movements with your fingers, especially when you are trying to find something that you cannot see

scratch around for

to try to find something by looking everywhere, even in places that you would prefer not to look in

search

verb

to carefully examine something or someone for something that is hidden

seek

verb

formal to try to find something or someone that you need in your life

shake down

Americaninformal to search a person or a place very carefully

shuffle through

to look for something in a group of things, in a container, or in your pockets

sift

verb

to look in a pile of things in order to find a particular thing

sort through

to look at a lot of things in order to find what you want or need

spy out

to look around an area in order to find something

sweep

verb

to shine a light in a circular or curved movement over an area, especially in order to search for something

tear apart

to search a room or building very thoroughly, moving things in a careless way that causes damage

trawl

verb

to look for someone or something, for example by searching through a large amount of information

troll for

to try to find or get something in a relaxed way

try

verb

to go to a particular place hoping to find someone or something

turn something inside out

to search a place very thoroughly and quickly so that you make a mess

turn to

to look for a particular page in a book

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