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Meaning of RANSACK

Pronunciation:  'ransak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  search thoroughly; "They combed the area for the missing child"
  2. [v]  steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

RANSACK is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: comb, despoil, foray, loot, pillage, plunder, reave, rifle, strip
 See Also: deplume, displume, search, take



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ran"sack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ransacked}; 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.
             To ransack every corner of their . . . hearts.
    2. To plunder; to pillage completely.
             Their vow is made To ransack Troy.    --Shak.
    3. To violate; to ravish; to defiour. [Obs.]
             Rich spoil of ransacked chastity.     --Spenser.
  2. \Ran"sack\, v. i.
    To make a thorough search.
          To ransack in the tas [heap] of bodies dead. --Chaucer.
  3. \Ran"sack\, n.
    The act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage.
          Even your father's house Shall not be free fromransack.
                                                   --J. Webster.