n 1: the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find
something or someone [syn: hunt
2: an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the
ledgers revealed nothing" or "the outcome justified the
3: an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of
items has a specified property; "they wrote a program to
do a table lookup" [syn: lookup
4: the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a
move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
5: boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of
v 1: try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence
of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are
searching for the missing man in the entire county"
, look for
2: search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the
child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect
gift!" [syn: look
3: inquire into [syn: research
4: subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We
searched the whole house for the missing keys"