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verb uk   /sɜːtʃ/  us   /sɝːtʃ/
B1 [I or T] to look somewhere carefully in order to find something: The police searched the woods for the missing boy. She searched his face for some sign of forgiveness, but it remained expressionless. He searched (in/through) his pockets for some change. I've searched high and low (= everywhere), but I can't find my birth certificate. The detectives searched the house from top to bottom (= all over it), but they found no sign of the stolen goods.figurative She searched her mind/memory for the man's name, but she couldn't remember it.figurative People who are searching after inner peace 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 police officer who searches you or your possessions looks for something you might be hiding: The men were searched for drugs and then released.B1 [I or T] to look for information on a computer, the internet, etc.: I searched the internet for the best deal.
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noun uk   /sɜːtʃ/  us   /sɝːtʃ/
B1 [C] an attempt to find someone or something: After a long search, they eventually found the missing papers. 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 for happinessB1 [C] an attempt to find information on a computer, on the internet, etc.: I did a search for yoga clubs 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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