ransack

  • 1 Ransack — is the name of several fictional characters in the universe of the Transformers toyline.Transformers: Generation 1Transformers character name = Ransack caption = Ransack box art affiliation = Decepticon subgroup = Deluxe Insecticons Ultracons… …

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  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Ransack — Ran sack, v. i. To make a thorough search. [1913 Webster] To ransack in the tas [heap] of bodies dead. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Ransack — Ran sack, n. The act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage. [R.] [1913 Webster] Even your father s house Shall not be free from ransack. J. Webster. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 ransack — index despoil, devastate, foray, harry (plunder), loot, pillage (noun), pillage (verb), pirate (take …

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  • 6 ransack — (v.) mid 13c., from O.N. rannsaka to pillage, lit. search the house (especially legally, for stolen goods), from rann house, from P.Gmc. *rasnan (c.f. Goth. razn, O.E. ærn house ) + saka to search, related to O.N. soekja seek (see SEEK (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 ransack — search, hunt, rummage, *seek, scour, comb, ferret out Analogous words: investigate (see corresponding noun at INQUIRY): penetrate, pierce, probe (see ENTEP): examine, inspect, *scrutinize …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 ransack — [v] turn inside out in search; ravage appropriate, comb, despoil, explore, ferret, filch, go over with a fine tooth comb*, go through, gut*, hunt, investigate, lay waste, leave no stone unturned*, lift, look all over for*, look high and low*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 ransack — ► VERB 1) go hurriedly through (a place) stealing things and causing damage. 2) thoroughly search. ORIGIN Old Norse …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 ransack — [ran′sak΄] vt. [ME ransaken < ON rannsaka < rann, house (akin to OE ærn, Goth razn < IE base * (e)re , to REST1) + saka < sœkja, to SEEK] 1. to search thoroughly; examine every part of in searching 2. to search through for plunder;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 ransack — UK [ˈrænsæk] / US [ˈrænˌsæk] verb [transitive] Word forms ransack : present tense I/you/we/they ransack he/she/it ransacks present participle ransacking past tense ransacked past participle ransacked to go through a place stealing or damaging… …

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  • 12 ransack — ran|sack [ˈrænsæk] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old Norse; Origin: rannsaka, from rann house + saka to search ] 1.) to go through a place, stealing things and causing damage ▪ The whole flat had been ransacked. 2.) to search a place very thoroughly …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 ransack — [13] Ransack means etymologically ‘search a house’. It was borrowed from Old Norse rannsaka, a compound verb formed from rann ‘house’ (a relative of Old English ærn ‘house’, which underlies English barn) and saka ‘search’ (a relative of English… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 ransack — [[t]ræ̱nsæk[/t]] ransacks, ransacking, ransacked VERB If people ransack a building, they damage things in it or make it very untidy, often because they are looking for something in a quick and careless way. [V n] Demonstrators ransacked and… …

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  • 15 ransack — [13] Ransack means etymologically ‘search a house’. It was borrowed from Old Norse rannsaka, a compound verb formed from rann ‘house’ (a relative of Old English ærn ‘house’, which underlies English barn) and saka ‘search’ (a relative of English… …

    Word origins

  • 16 ransack — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsaka, from rann house + saka (akin to Old English sēcan to seek) more at seek Date: 13th century 1. a. to search thoroughly b. to examine closely and carefully 2. to search… …

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  • 17 ransack — ransacker, n. /ran sak/, v.t. 1. to search thoroughly or vigorously through (a house, receptacle, etc.): They ransacked the house for the missing letter. 2. to search through for plunder; pillage: The enemy ransacked the entire town. [1200 50; ME …

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  • 18 ransack — verb a) To loot or pillage. See also sack. Than com there an olde monke whych somtyme had bene a knyght, and behylde Sir Melyas; and anone he ransaked hym, and than he seyde unto Sir Galahad, ‘I shall heale hym of hys play, by the grace of God,… …

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  • 19 ransack — Synonyms and related words: 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,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 ransack — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. rummage, scour, search diligently; rifle, loot, pillage. See inquiry, stealing. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To search thoroughly] Syn. rummage, scour, comb, rake, explore, turn upside down, turn inside… …

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