search ( searches plural & 3rd person present) ( searching present participle) ( searched past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you searchfor something or someone, you look carefully for them.
The Turkish security forces have started searching for the missing men... V for n
Nonetheless there are signs that both sides may be searching for a compromise. V for n
2 verb If you search a place, you look carefully for something or someone there.
Armed troops searched the hospital yesterday... V n
She searched her desk for the necessary information... V n for n
Relief workers are still searching through collapsed buildings looking for victims. V prep
3 n-count A search is an attempt to find something or someone by looking for them carefully.
oft N for n
There was no chance of him being found alive and the search was abandoned..., Egypt has said there is no time to lose in the search for a Middle East settlement.
4 verb If a police officer or someone else in authority searches you, they look carefully to see whether you have something hidden on you.
The man took her suitcase from her and then searched her... V n
His first task was to search them for weapons. V n for n
5 verb If you searchfor information on a computer, you give the computer an instruction to find that information. (COMPUTING)
You can use a directory service to search for people on the Internet. V for n
Search is also a noun., n-count
He was doing a computer search of local news articles.
7 If you go in search of something or someone, you try to find them.
in search of phrase PHR after v, PHR n
Miserable, and unexpectedly lonely, she went in search of Jean-Paul..., The law already denies entry to people in search of better economic opportunities.
8 You say `search me' when someone asks you a question and you want to emphasize that you do not know the answer. INFORMAL
search me convention
search out phrasal verb If you search something out, you keep looking for it until you find it.
(=seek out) Traditional Spanish food is delicious and its specialities are worth searching out... V P n (not pron) Many people want jobs. They try to search them out every day. V n P
body search ( body searches plural & 3rd person present) ( body searching present participle) ( body searched past tense ) , body-search If a person is body searched, someone such as a police officer searches them while they remain clothed. Compare strip-search. verb
Foreign journalists were body-searched by airport police. be V-ed, Also V n
Body search is also a noun., n-count
Fans may undergo body searches by security guards.
fingertip search ( fingertip searches plural ) When the police carry out a fingertip search of a place, they examine it for evidence in a very detailed way. n-count oft N of n
Officers continued a fingertip search of the area yesterday.
search engine ( search engines plural ) A search engine is a computer program that searches for documents containing a particular word or words on the Internet. (COMPUTING) n-count
search party ( search parties plural ) A search party is an organized group of people who are searching for someone who is missing. n-count
search warrant ( search warrants plural ) A search warrant is a special document that gives the police permission to search a house or other building. n-count
Officers armed with a search warrant entered the flat.
strip-search ( strip-searches plural & 3rd person present) ( strip-searching present participle) ( strip-searched past tense & past participle ) , strip search If a person is strip-searched, someone such as a police officer makes them take off all their clothes and searches them, usually to see if they are carrying drugs or weapons. Compare body search. verb usu passive
All 23 of them were strip-searched for drugs. be V-ed for n, Also be V-ed