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search

verb
 
 
/sɜːtʃ/
[I or T] to look somewhere carefully in order to find something or someone: search for sth/sb For the past six months, she has been unsuccessfully searching for a job. They are still searching for a new chief executive.search sth for sth We will search the market for the cheapest deal for you.search among sth We have begun searching actively among many potential suppliers in order to identify the best product at the best price.search through sth The regulators must be able to search through detailed records.
[I or T] IT, INTERNET to look for information on a computer or on the internet: search a database/the Websearch sth for sth She searched the Internet for information about the loans.search (sth) by sth The database of executive branch workers can be searched by an employee's name.search through sth The new file system will allow users to search through all their files at one time.search on a word/phrase Search on the word "retrospective" and then filter the results.
[T] to examine a place or a person carefully in order to find something or someone: The offices of the credit rating agency were searched by police.
(Definition of search verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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