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5 definitions found
 for ransack
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ransack \Ran"sack\ (r[a^]n"s[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Ransacked (-s[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Ransacking.] [OE.
     ransaken, Icel. rannsaka to explore, examine; rann a house
     (akin to Goth. razn house, AS. r[ae]sn plank, beam) + the
     root of s[ae]kja to seek, akin to E. seek. See Seek, and
     cf. Rest repose.]
     1. To search thoroughly; to search every place or part of;
        as, to ransack a house.
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              To ransack every corner of their . . . hearts.
                                                    --South.
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     2. To plunder; to pillage completely.
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              Their vow is made
              To ransack Troy.                      --Shak.
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     3. To violate; to ravish; to defiour. [Obs.]
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              Rich spoil of ransacked chastity.     --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ransack \Ran"sack\, v. i.
     To make a thorough search.
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           To ransack in the tas [heap] of bodies dead. --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ransack \Ran"sack\, n.
     The act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage.
     [R.]
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           Even your father's house
           Shall not be free from ransack.          --J. Webster.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ransack
      v 1: steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people
           looted the stores that were deserted by their owners" [syn:
           plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle,
           ransack, pillage, foray]
      2: search thoroughly; "They combed the area for the missing
         child" [syn: comb, ransack]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "ransack":
     beat, burglarize, burgle, comb, depredate, despoil, examine,
     explore, fleece, forage, foray, freeboot, grub, gut, knock off,
     knock over, look all over, look everywhere, loot, maraud, pillage,
     plunder, prey on, raid, rake, ravage, raven, ravish, reive,
     relieve, rifle, rob, rummage, sack, scour, scrutinize, search,
     search high heaven, shake, shake down, spoil, spoliate, stick up,
     strip, sweep, toss, turn inside out, turn upside down
  
  

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