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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun search:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb search:


Search is sometimes a misspelling of searched.

The word search is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun search

What does search mean as a name of something?

Search is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: searches

  1. the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of search: hunt / hunting
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
  2. an investigation seeking answers
    • examples: a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing | the outcome justified the search
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: investigating / investigation = the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
  3. an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonym of search: lookup
    • more generic word: operation = data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule
  4. the examination of alternative hypotheses
    • example: his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic term: higher cognitive process = cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
    • more specific words:
      • hunt = an instance of searching for something
      • pursuance / pursuit / quest = a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria
  5. boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas
    • example: right of search
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: examination / scrutiny = the act of examining something closely

Alternative definition of the noun search


  1. An attempt to find something.
  2. The act of searching in general.

Definition of the verb search

What does search mean as a doing word?

Search is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: searched | searching | searches

  1. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
    • examples: The police are searching for clues | They are searching for the missing man in the entire county | The banks search the check | Sam cannot search Sue | They search the water
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I searched the cave for treasure
      [Agent - being] [Verb] for [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I searched for treasure in the cave
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I searched through America
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]I searched in the cave for treasure

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): advertise, check, comb, dive, drag, dredge, excavate, patrol, plumb, probe, prospect, prowl, quarry, rake, rifle, scavenge, scour, scout, shop, sift, trawl, troll, watch.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of search: look for / seek
    • more specific terms:
  2. search or seek
    • examples: The men search the area for animals | The men search for animals in the area
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of search: look
    • more generic words: examine / see = observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
    • more specific terms:
  3. inquire into
  4. subject to a search
    • examples: The police searched the suspect | We searched the whole house for the missing keys | They want to search the prisoners
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: examine / see = observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
    • more specific words:
      • raid = search for something needed or desired
      • frisk = search as for concealed weapons by running the hands rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets
      • strip-search = search (someone) for weapons or drugs by having the person remove their clothes
      • scan = make a wide, sweeping search of
      • rifle / go = go through in search of something
      • rummage = search haphazardly
      • ransack / comb = search thoroughly

Alternative definition of the verb search


  1. [transitive] To look in (a place) for something.
  2. [intransitive, followed by "for"] To look thoroughly.
  3. [transitive, now rare] To look for, seek.
  4. [transitive, obsolete] To probe or examine (a wound).


Search is a musical group.

  • genres: Heavy metal, Hard rock
  • albums: "Fenomena", "Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur", "Gema Di Timur Jauh", "Rampage", "Karisma", "Rock 'n' Roll Pie", "Search Terbaik", "Cinta Buatan Malaysia", "Langit Dan Bumi", "Selepas Banjir", "Rock 'n' Roll Pie: Live 'n' Loud", "Search I"


  1. "Search" is a 2010 album by Herzog.
    • genre: Power pop
    • released in (5 years ago)
  2. "Search" is a cataloged instance, composition.


  1. Search is an American science fiction series that aired on Wednesday nights on NBC at 10 pm ET, from September 1972 to August 1973. It ran for 23 episodes, not including the two-hour pilot film originally titled Probe. When picked up for series production, the title had to be changed because Probe was the name of an existing PBS series. In the UK the series aired on BBC 1 under the title Search Control.
  2. "Search" a.k.a. "Anveshane": The Search is a 1980 mystery drama film written by Girish Karnad and T. S. Nagabharana and directed by T. S. Nagabharana.
  3. "Search" a.k.a. "Caught in the Web" is a 2012 drama film directed by Kaige Chen.
  4. "Search" is a 2009 drama, short film written by Aaron Walker and directed by Lisa M. Perry.
  5. "Search" is a 1979 film directed by Matjaz Klopcic.


Search is a record label, defunct organization.


Search is an extension.

Phrases with Search

Phrases starting with the word Search:

  1. Search box
  2. Search Term
  3. Search tree
  4. Search Wand
  5. search party
  6. search engine
  7. search mission
  8. search warrant
  9. search language
  10. Search and rescue

Phrases ending with the word Search:

  1. re-search
  2. Tabu search
  3. Word search
  4. House-Search
  5. strip search
  6. strip-search
  7. Consent search
  8. Jackstay Search
  9. right of search

Other phrase containing the word Search:

  1. air search radar

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Search

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Google previewSystems Analysis and Synthesis (2016)

Bridging Computer Science and Information Technology by Barry Dwyer

Beam Search is a variant of Branch and Bound in which only the best w states are added to the fringe at each step, where w is the width of the beam. It therefore needs less storage and less time thanBranch and Bound. When a solution is ...

Google previewDiscrete Mathematics and Its Applications (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Depth-first search is an algorithm for traversing or searching a tree, tree structure, or graph. One starts at...

Google previewAdvances in Multimedia Information Processing - PCM 2007 (2007)

8th Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia, Hong Kong, China, December 11-14, 2007, Proceedings by Horace H. S. Ip, Oscar C Au, Howard Leung, Ming-Ting Sun, Wei-Ying Ma, Shi-Min Hu

The topic search means to find interesting/funny topics mainly for entertainment purpose, the blogger search means to...

similar interests or preferences and the reputation search means to find reviews or experiences of a specific product or ...

Google previewSOCIOLOGY OF RELIGIONS (2008)


Search is the powerful human being. Circumambulation is God and nothing else. Search is humanity and nothing more. Circumambulation is the spirit and nothing else. Search is the flesh and nothing more. Circumambulation is the pain of ...

Google previewSolving Transcendental Equations (2014)

The Chebyshev Polynomial Proxy and Other Numerical Rootfinders, Perturbation Series, and Oracles by John P. Boyd

Line Search is an Armijo line search.

Google previewMetaheuristic Optimization via Memory and Evolution (2006)

Tabu Search and Scatter Search by Cesar Rego, Bahram Alidaee

Abstract: Scatter search is an evolutionary method that has proved highly effective in solving several classes of non-linear and combinatorial optimization problems. Proposed early 1970s as a primal coimterpart to the dual surrogate constraint ...

Google previewAgent-Mediated Electronic Commerce. Designing Trading Strategies and Mechanisms for Electronic Markets (2013)

AMEC 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2011, and TADA 2011, Barcelona, Spain, July 17, 2011, Revised Selected Papers by Esther David, Valentin Robu, Onn Shehory, Sebastian Stein, Andreas Symeonidis

Sponsored search is a popular form of targeted online advertising and the most profitable online advertising revenue format. Online publishers use different formats of unit price auctions to sell advertising slots. In the Trading Agent Competition ...

Google previewWordPress 3 Search Engine Optimization (2011)

by Michael David

Personalized search is a Google featurethat returns results basedon your personalbrowsing habits. So,ifyou've visited yourown websitein the pastfew days, Google will return your website near the topof the results, figuring that it's one of your ...

Google previewDatabase Systems for Advanced Applications (2010)

15th International Conference, DASFAA 2010, Tsukuba, Japan, April 1-4, 2010, Proceedings by Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Yoshiharu Ishikawa, Qing Li, Chiemi Watanabe

Microsoft SQL Server 2008, applying the keyword search is a challenging task, because keyword-search techniques on RDB widely differ from those on XML DB. There are several studies on ...

Google previewParadigms of Combinatorial Optimization (2013)

Problems and New Approaches by Vangelis Th. Paschos

Local search is a general method that is widely used to solve in an approximate way many NP-hard optimization problems.

Local search is the basis of many meta-heuristics, like simulated annealing, Tabu search, variable neighborhood ...

Google previewChoosing Not to Choose (2015)

Understanding the Value of Choice by Cass R. Sunstein

Search is a benefit rather than a cost. If so, automatic book purchases are not exactly wonderful. They eliminate much of the fun. Compare the case of a college student who has to trudge off to the bookstore to purchase books that are required ...

Google previewDictionary of Carbohydrates (2005)

by Peter M. Collins

Search results can be viewed on screen, printed or saved. This combination of book and CD gives you even more access to the information you need on a daily basis.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1994)

Volume 30 - Supplement 15: Algebraic Methodology and Software Technology to System Level Modelling by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

to represent the list of a current slab as a balanced search tree and update it as usual by inserting or deleting a segment. Only nodes along the search path to that segment need to be updated, ...

Google previewDictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds on CD-ROM (2001)

by CRC Press

search. features. The following features are available within the structure searching programs, but are not described in this manual. Please consult the online Help screens. • Detailed use of drawing shortcuts. • Drawing fused ring systems.

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

SCROLL: To slowly search, or view a computer screen, intranet, or Internet. SCROLL BAR: Bottom computer screen bar that contains a scrolling input and manipulation feature; scroll lock. SEAGATETECHNOLOGY, INC.®: A maker of hard ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature (2015)

by Alan L. Berger

Search. for. Six. of. the. Six. Million. 2006 Work Author: Daniel Mendelsohn Daniel Mendelsohn's evocative and bittersweet book is a literary and psychological tour de force. A member of the third post Holocaust generation,the author ...

Google previewA Dictionary in Persian and English (1829)

by Ramdhun Sen

§ Search, inquiry. José Indolence, negligence. —5.363. Exactions, distresses. 2 383 An ambling horse. José5 Negligence. jo Arrogance, pride. As Magnifying God,by saying God is ...

Google previewDictionary for School Library Media Specialists (2001)

A Practical and Comprehensive Guide by Mary Maude McCain, Martha Merrill

Internet directory: A search site on the World Wide Web that is hierarchical in structure. It starts with a broad category and then subdivides into more specific areas. The items listed in a directory have been identified as items about the topic .

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Quotes about Search

For peace
For some understanding
For answers
That you are dying to know
Search for the truth
Because only the truth will set you free (Aldo Kraas)
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Scrabble value of S1E1A1R1C3H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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