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Search, vb. 1) to seek; absol.: “the clock gives me my cue, and my assurance bids me s.” Wiv. III, 2, 47. “s., seek, find out,” III, 3, 173. “once more s. with me,” IV, 2, 172. “we'll s.” All's IV, 3, 229. H4A III, 3, 64. Rom. V, 3, 172. Rom. V, 3, 172 Cymb. II, 3, 154. Per. II, 4, 50. With for: “to s. for a gentleman,” Wiv. III, 3, 115. Wiv. III, 3, 115 III, 5, 82. IV, 2, 32. Cymb. II, 3, 146. With a clause: “you and my brother s. what companies are near,” Cymb. IV, 2, 68. Transitively: “to s. you out,” Oth. I, 2, 47. “he hath been --ed among the dead and living,” Cymb. V, 5, 11. Doubtful passage: Per. II, 1, 58.*
2) to look through and examine for the purpose of finding something: would have --ed it (the basket) Wiv. III, 5, 105. “I will s. impossible places,” Wiv. III, 5, 105 IV, 2, 167. V, 5, 60. Merch. II, 8, 5. III, 2, 86. H4A II, 4, 537. H4A II, 4, 537 Lr. IV, 4, 7. Per. IV, 2, 3. Acc. and for: “to s. his house for his wife's love,” Wiv. III, 5, 78. IV, 2, 171. Caes. II, 1, 36. “s. out thy wit for secret policies,” H6A III, 3, 12.
3) to probe, to tent, to sound: thus I s. it (the wound) “with a sovereign kiss,” Gent. I, 2, 116. “--ing of thy wound,” As II, 4, 44. “the tent that --es to the bottom of the worst,” Troil. II, 2, 16. “now to the bottom dost thou s. my wound,” Tit. II, 3, 262. “with this good sword s. this bosom,” Caes. V, 3, 42.
4) to penetrate, to pass into and affect the interior: “mirth doth s. the bottom of annoy,” Lucr. 1109 (causes the deepest sensation of annoy). “the heaven's glorious sun that will not be deep --ed with saucy looks,” LLL I, 1, 85. “when the --ing eye of heaven is hid,” R2 III, 2, 37; cf. “these eyes, as piercing as the midday sun, to s. the secret treasons of the world,” H6C V, 2, 18; “for Achilles, mine own --ing eyes shall find him by his large and portly size,” Troil. IV, 5, 161. “that's a marvellous --ing wine,” H4B II, 4, 30 (affecting and stirring the blood). “bitter --ing terms,” H6B III, 2, 311 (cutting to the heart).
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