search-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: the process of seeking or looking for something

Commentary: SEARCH[+process][+seeking][+for_something]

Their search for a new CEO took nine months.
The search for an integration of general relativity and quantum mechanics is still underway.
After two weeks the coast guard decided to call off the search for the lost vessel.
My search ended when I found my ring on the windowsill of the kitchen.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: an authorized investigation or inspection

Commentary: SEARCH[+process][+authorized][+investigation][+inspection]

The judge has ordered a thorough search of the financial records of the firm.
The coast guard's search of each incoming ship will take some time.
The police did a quick search over the man's body and found a concealed weapon.
The TSA is performing random searches on passengers passing through security.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 5

Sense Number 3: information lookup on a computer

Commentary: SEARCH[+event][+lookup][+information][+on_computer]

Search on the Internet has improved over the years.
The program uses a simple keyword search.
This system based on natural language does searches that can return related concepts, not just similar word forms.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3