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search  audio  (sûrch) KEY 

VERB:
searched, search·ing, search·es
VERB:
tr.
  1. To make a thorough examination of; look over carefully in order to find something; explore.
  2. To make a careful examination or investigation of; probe: search one's conscience for the right solution to the problem.
  3. Law To make a thorough check of (a legal document); scrutinize: search a title.
    1. To examine in order to find something lost or concealed.
    2. To examine the person or personal effects of in order to find something lost or concealed.
  4. To come to know; learn.
VERB:
intr.
To conduct a thorough investigation; seek: were searching for clues.
NOUN:
  1. An act of searching.
  2. Law The exercise of right of search.

IDIOM:
search me Slang
Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English serchen, from Anglo-Norman sercher, variant of Old French cerchier, from Latin circre, to go around, from Latin circus, circle, from Greek krikos, kirkos; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
searcha·ble(Adjective), searcher(Noun)


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