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search (v.)

14世纪, 来自古法语 cerchier “搜索” (12世纪, 现代法语 chercher), 来自拉丁语 circare “走动, 游荡, 穿越”, 晚期拉丁语为“游走于左右”, 来自 circus “圈” (见 circus). 短语 search me 作为动词耸耸肩表示无知, 最早记录于1901年. Search engine 证明来自1988年. Search and destroy 作为修饰语是1966年, 美国英语, 来自越南战争. Search and rescue 来自1944年.

search (n.)

15世纪, “搜查的行为;” 15世纪初, “调查非法活动的权利; 检查记录, 遗嘱等; 通过一个地区或一个地方进行搜查,” 来自英法 serche, 古法 cerche, 来自 cerchier (见 search (v.) ). Search warrant, 从1739年开始考证.

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Definitions of search from WordNet
1
search (n.)
the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone;
Synonyms: hunt / hunting
search (n.)
an investigation seeking answers;
the outcome justified the search
a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing
search (n.)
an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property;
Synonyms: lookup
search (n.)
the examination of alternative hypotheses;
his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful
search (n.)
boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas;
right of search
2
search (v.)
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of;
The police are searching for clues
They are searching for the missing man in the entire county
Synonyms: seek / look for
search (v.)
search or seek;
Synonyms: look
search (v.)
inquire into;
He searched for information on his relatives on the web
Synonyms: research / explore
search (v.)
subject to a search;
The police searched the suspect
We searched the whole house for the missing keys
From wordnet.princeton.edu