"searching" in the verb sense
1. search, seek, look for
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
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
"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"
subject to a search
"The police searched the suspect"
"We searched the whole house for the missing keys"
"searching" in the adjective sense
1. inquisitory, probing, searching
diligent and thorough in inquiry or investigation
"a probing inquiry"
"a searching investigation of their past dealings"
2. searching, trenchant
having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
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