[n] an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the ledgers revealed nothing"; "the outcome justified the search"
[n] boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of search"
[n] the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
[n] the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
[n] an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property; "they wrote a program to do a table lookup"
[v] inquire into
[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"
[v] subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
[v] search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"