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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
search
n
  1. the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
    Synonym(s): search, hunt, hunting
  2. an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"
  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"
    Synonym(s): search, 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 search"
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"
    Synonym(s): search, seek, look for
  2. search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
    Synonym(s): search, look
  3. inquire into; "the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"
    Synonym(s): research, search, explore
  4. subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Search \Search\, v. i.
      To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration,
      or examination; to hunt.
  
               Once more search with me.                        --Shak.
  
               It sufficeth that they have once with care sifted the
               matter, and searched into all the particulars. --Locke.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Search \Search\, n. [Cf. OF. cerche. See {Search}, v. t.]
      The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry;
      pursuit for finding something; examination.
  
               Thus the orb he roamed With narrow search, and with
               inspection deep Considered every creature. --Milton.
  
               Nor did my search of liberty begin Till my black hairs
               were changed upon my chin.                     --Dryden.
  
      {Right of search} (Mar. Law), the right of the lawfully
            commissioned cruisers of belligerent nations to examine
            and search private merchant vessels on the high seas, for
            the enemy's property or for articles contraband of war.
  
      {Search warrant} (Law), a warrant legally issued, authorizing
            an examination or search of a house, or other place, for
            goods stolen, secreted, or concealed.
  
      Syn: Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation;
               research; inquiry; quest; pursuit.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Search \Search\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Searched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Searching}.] [OE. serchen, cerchen, OF. cerchier, F.
      chercher, L. circare to go about, fr. L. circum, circa,
      around. See {Circle}.]
      1. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding
            something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the city.
            [bd]Search the Scriptures.[b8] --John v. 39.
  
                     They are come to search the house.      --Shak.
  
                     Search me, O God, and know my heart.   --Ps. cxxxix.
                                                                              23.
  
      2. To inquire after; to look for; to seek.
  
                     I will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
                                                                              --Ezek. xxxiv.
                                                                              11.
  
                     Enough is left besides to search and know. --Milton.
  
      3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to
            probe; as, to search a wound.
  
      4. To examine; to try; to put to the test.
  
      {To search out}, to seek till found; to find by seeking; as,
            to search out truth.
  
      Syn: To explore; examine; scrutinize; seek; investigate; pry
               into; inquire.
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