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ransack

[ran-sak] /ˈræn sæk/
verb (used with object)
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.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English ransaken < Old Norse rannsaka to search, examine (for evidence of crime), equivalent to rann house + saka search (variant of soekja to seek)
Related forms
ransacker, noun
unransacked, adjective
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  • Heating boilers, pipes and air-conditioners have been ransacked.
  • He was forced into a chair for four hours while officers ransacked his house.
  • Some favela residents complained that police ransacked their homes.
  • Shops have been ransacked and food has become scarce.
  • The interior has been ransacked by rebels and gutted by looters.
  • To obtain these, they often ransacked the older treasures of the language.
  • Her gallery was ransacked, and she lost her savings and jewelry.
  • Its contents, though hastily ransacked in antiquity, were surprisingly complete.
  • Hundreds of monasteries were shuttered or ransacked, and thousands of monks disappeared.
  • His house had been ransacked, and his car was stolen.
British Dictionary definitions for ransacked

ransack

/ˈrænsæk/
verb (transitive)
1.
to search through every part of (a house, box, etc); examine thoroughly
2.
to plunder; pillage
Derived Forms
ransacker, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse rann house + saka to search, seek
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Word Origin and History for ransacked

ransack

v.

mid-13c., from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rannsaka "to pillage," literally "search the house" (especially legally, for stolen goods), from rann "house," from Proto-Germanic *rasnan (c.f. Gothic razn, Old English ærn "house;" see barn) + saka "to search," related to Old Norse soekja "seek" (see seek). Sense influenced by sack (v.). Related: Ransacked; ransacking.

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