search noun

ADJ. careful, exhaustive, extensive, painstaking, systematic, thorough | major, massive, nationwide | desperate, frantic | constant | police | routine Police conducted a routine search of all the houses in the area. | house-to-house | fingertip A team of police officers did a fingertip search of the area. | body, strip I was subjected to a body search by customs officials. | computer, Internet

VERB + SEARCH begin, launch, mount, start The police immediately launched a nationwide search for the killer. | carry out, conduct, do, make The search for the missing men was conducted in poor weather conditions. | abandon, call off The search was called off when it began to get dark.

SEARCH + NOUN operation The police mounted an extensive search operation. | party, team | warrant | engine This is one of the fastest Internet search engines.

PREP. in ~ of We're constantly in search of new talent. | ~ for the search for oil off the coast