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a- +‎ search.



asearch (comparative more asearch, superlative most asearch)

  1. (archaic, poetic, rare) Searching.
    • a. 1904, Ira Billman, "The Birthplace of Sublimity", in, 1904, Songs of All Seasons, The Hollenbeck Press, page 181 [1]:
      Assured henceforth, where'er I go
      Asearch tho' loftiest solitude,
      Or in the thundering Vatican,
      There's naught sublime but Man!
    • a. 1907, Martha Virginia Burton, "Under Gold Helmets", in, 1907, Sons of the Sun, Bessette & Son, page 91 [2]:
      Great sons were they, when race leapt into moods,
      Cultures and teachers even as in our day,—
      Who come asearch for truth, discover it,
      And so hang new suns 'cross the human way.
    • 1916, Casper Salathiel Yost, Patience Worth: a psychic mystery‎, page 283:
      Swift as light-flash o' storm, swift, swift, / Would I send the wish o' thine asearch.

Middle English[edit]


From Anglo-Norman assercher, Old French acerchier, from a + cerchier (to seek).


asearch (third-person singular simple present asearches, present participle asearchinge, simple past and past participle asearched)

  1. To search (into); to examine, investigate.
    • 1382, John Wycliffe, Genesis XLIV 11-12:
      And so blyue doynge down into the erthe the sackis, eche opnyde; the which aserchinge, bigynnynge fro the more vnto the leeste, fonde the coppe in the sak of Beniamyn.