Synonyms of searching


1. search, seek, look for

usage: 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"

2. search, look, examine, see

usage: search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"

3. research, search, explore, investigate, look into

usage: inquire into; "the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"

4. search, examine, see

usage: subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"


1. inquisitory, probing, searching, inquiring (vs. uninquiring)

usage: diligent and thorough in inquiry or investigation; "a probing inquiry"; "a searching investigation of their past dealings"

2. searching, trenchant, intelligent (vs. unintelligent)

usage: having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect; "searching insights"; "trenchant criticism"

3. searching, exploratory (vs. nonexploratory), explorative

usage: exploring thoroughly

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