- search [sʉrch]vt.[ME searchen < OFr cercher < LL circare, to go round, go about, explore < circus, a ring: see CIRCUS]1. to go over or look through for the purpose of finding something; explore; rummage; examine [to search a house for a lost article]2. to examine (a person) for something concealed, as by running one's hands over the clothing, through the pockets, etc.3. to examine closely and carefully; test and try; probe [to search one's conscience]4. to look through (writings, records, etc.) to establish certain facts5. to find out or uncover by investigation: usually with outvi.1. to try to find something; make a search2. to examine data in a computer in order to locate items having a given propertyn.1. an act of searching; scrutiny, inquiry, or examination in an attempt to find something, gain knowledge, establish facts, etc.2. the act of a belligerent in stopping and searching a neutral ship for contraband: see RIGHT OF SEARCH——————in search ofmaking a search for; trying to find, learn, etc. by searching——————☆ search me! SlangI do not know the answer to your querysearchableadj.searchern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.