- A process of detailed examination or investigation by an authority, often with the intention of discovering proof of illegal acts or determining a person's location, while potentially intruding upon someone's expectation of privacy
- A procedure, in either criminal or civil law contexts, where a person's premises, vehicle, or person is examined to find evidence of criminal activity or to trace records of real property ownership
- The action of boarding and checking a ship on international waters, often during wartime, which is allowed under international law
- The act of studying information available in public records or registers
- The act of performing a detailed investigation or examination
- The police could not find any illegal substances, even after conducting a thorough search of the premises.
- The detective was able to solve the case after a meticulous search of public records.
- Amidst heightened tensions, a naval vessel conducted a search of a suspicious ship in international waters.
- The officers conducted a search of the suspect's vehicle for any criminal evidence.
- The lawyer performed a search to trace the records of property ownership.
- The detective needed probable cause for the search of the premises.