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. ``Search the Scriptures.'' --John v. 39. [1913 Webster]

They are come to search the house. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Search me, O God, and know my heart. --Ps. cxxxix. 23. [1913 Webster]

2. To inquire after; to look for; to seek. [1913 Webster]

I will both search my sheep, and seek them out. --Ezek. xxxiv. 11. [1913 Webster]

Enough is left besides to search and know. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound. [1913 Webster]

4. To examine; to try; to put to the test. [1913 Webster]

{To search out}, to seek till found; to find by seeking; as, to search out truth. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To explore; examine; scrutinize; seek; investigate; pry into; inquire. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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