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"search" in British English

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searchverb

uk   /sɜːtʃ/  us   /sɝːtʃ/
B1 [I or T] to ​looksomewherecarefully in ​order to ​find something: The ​police searched the ​woods for the ​missingboy. She searched his ​face for some ​sign of ​forgiveness, but it ​remainedexpressionless. He searched (in/through) his ​pockets for some ​change. I've searched high and ​low (= ​everywhere), but I can't ​find my ​birthcertificate. The ​detectives searched the ​house from ​top to ​bottom (= all over it), but they ​found no ​sign of the ​stolengoods.figurative She searched her mind/​memory for the man's ​name, but she couldn't ​remember it.figurative People who are searching afterinnerpeace sometimes ​turn to ​religion.C1 [I] to ​try to ​find the ​answer to a ​problem: Philosophers have searched for ​millennia but they haven't ​found the ​meaning of ​life.B2 [T] A ​policeofficer who searches you or ​your possessions ​looks for something you might be ​hiding: The men were searched fordrugs and then ​released.B1 [I or T] to ​look for ​information on a ​computer, the internet, etc.: I searched the internet for the ​bestdeal.
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searchnoun

uk   /sɜːtʃ/  us   /sɝːtʃ/
B1 [C] an ​attempt to ​find someone or something: After a ​long search, they ​eventuallyfound the ​missingpapers. The ​police carried out/​conducted/made a ​thorough/​exhaustive search of the ​premises, but they ​failed to ​find any ​drugs.B2 [S] an ​attempt to ​find an ​answer to a ​problem: the search forhappinessB1 [C] an ​attempt to ​findinformation on a ​computer, on the internet, etc.: I did a search foryogaclubs in my ​area.in search of sth trying to ​find something: She was ​shot by a ​sniper when she went out in search of ​firewood.
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(Definition of search from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"search" in American English

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searchverb [I/T]

 us   /sɜrtʃ/
to ​looksomewherecarefully in ​order to ​find something: [T] Dogs were ​brought in to search the ​area for ​survivors. [I] Teens are often searching for ​theiridentity.

searchnoun [C/U]

 us   /sɜrtʃ/
the ​act or ​process of ​lookingcarefully in ​order to ​find something: [C] After a ​long search, they ​finallyfound the ​lostchild. [U] It’s a ​book about the search for ​love.
(Definition of search from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"search" in Business English

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searchverb

uk   us   /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 ​chiefexecutive.search sth for sth We will search the ​market for the ​cheapestdeal for you.search among sth We have begun searching actively among many ​potentialsuppliers 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 ​executivebranchworkers can be searched by an employee's ​name.search through sth The new ​filesystem will ​allowusers 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 ​creditratingagency were searched by ​police.
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searchnoun [C]

uk   us   /sɜːtʃ/
an attempt to ​find someone or something: search for sb/sth He will ​lead the ​high-profile search for a new ​chiefexecutiveofficer. a job search
IT, INTERNET the ​action of looking for ​information on a ​computer or on the ​internet: an internet search a search ​service/​tool search option/result/term The ​company makes nearly all of its ​profit from ​ads that appear alongside its search ​results.search for sth a search for all ​restaurants in the ​arearun a search on sb/sth I ​ran a search on him to see if I could ​find out any more.
a careful ​examination of a ​place or a ​person in ​order to ​find something or someone: The Serious Fraud ​Officeraidincluded a search of the ​premises of the Jersey ​investmentgroup. conduct a search
(Definition of search from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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