Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “trawl”

trawl

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] (SEARCH)    /trɔːl/ US  /trɑːl/
to search among a large number or many different places in order to find people or information you want : The newspaper had trawled its files for photos of the new minister . You need to trawl through a lot of data to get results that are valid .Searching
(Definition of trawl verb (SEARCH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of trawl

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Searching, but you might be interested in these topics from the Finding and losing topic area:

Definitions of “trawl” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

scramble

to mix eggs with a little milk and mix again as they are being fried

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More