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Meaning of rummage

rum•mage

Pronunciation: (rum'ij), [key]
— v., n. -maged, -mag•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to search thoroughly or actively through (a place, receptacle, etc.), esp. by moving around, turning over, or looking through contents.
  2. to find, bring, or fetch by searching (often fol. by out or up).
—v.i.
  1. to search actively, as in a place or receptacle or within oneself: She rummaged in her mind for the forgotten name.
—n.
  1. miscellaneous articles; odds and ends.
  2. a rummaging search.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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