To make a thorough examination of; look over carefully in order to find something; explore. To make a careful examination or investigation of; probe: search one's conscience for the right solution to the problem. Law To make a thorough check of (a legal document); scrutinize: search a title. To examine in order to find something lost or concealed. To examine the person or personal effects of in order to find something lost or concealed. To come to know; learn. To conduct a thorough investigation; seek: were searching for clues. An act of searching. Law The exercise of right of search. search me Slang Used by a speaker to indicate that he or she does not have an answer to a question just asked.