Search in Portuguese

example of verb search in portuguese: ele está procurando uma palavra.

What’s up, guys? Today, its all about search in Portuguese: let’s review its meaning, check out some synonyms for this word, and also study some examples! Did you know we can use research, hunt, explore and pursue in Portuguese as synonyms for search? Come with us and you will ace this subject in no time!

Procurar: Search in Portuguese

example with search in portuguese: Os amigos procuravam o melhor lugar para ver o pôr do sol.

Procurar roughly means to search in Portuguese. This term involves looking for something or someone by examining, inspecting, or investigating. It implies a deliberate effort to find or discover something that may be hidden, lost, or unknown. Search can be applied to physical spaces or digital platforms, as well as to the process of seeking information or answers. For instance, you might search for your misplaced keys, search for a job online, or search for a specific topic in a search engine. Remember, procurar is a verb in Portuguese, while procura is a noun!

Eu vou ao Google e vou procurar informações sobre a Rio & Learn.
I will go to google to search for information about Rio & learn.

Ela procura por um bom apartamento.
She is looking for a good apartament.

Nós estamos procurando informações sobre esse trabalho.
We are looking for information about this job.

A procura por um emprego foi difícil!
The search for a job was difficult!

Buscar: Pursue in Portuguese

example of buscar in portuguese: eles buscaram os melhores assentos para ver o jogo.

This verb typically implies a goal-oriented action or the act of actively following or striving to achieve something. It can refer to chasing after a person, object, or idea, often in a determined or persistent manner. Buscar suggests a sense of purposeful pursuit or engagement in a particular endeavor. For example, one might pursue a career, pursue higher education, or pursue a romantic relationship. We can say buscar is equivalent to the verb pursue in Portuguese, but there are many other synonyms like seek! For the substantive of the verb pursue in Portuguese, we use the word “busca”.

Eu preciso do mouse agora. Eu vou buscar o mouse.
I need the mouse now. I am going to pick the mouse up.

Preciso buscar mais água, ainda estou com sede.
I need to get more water, I’m still thirsty.

Ela vai buscar mais café para os convidados.
He will bring more coffee for the guests.

Eles estavam na busca pelo tesouro perdido.
They were in the quest for the missing treasure.

Review the Difference Between Procurar and Buscar

Now you know the different variations to verb search, and how it can be used in many ways with its synonyms, like research, pursue and explore. Let’s check out a video about the key differences between procurar and buscar.

Pesquisar: Research in Portuguese

Research in Portuguese pertains to a systematic and organized investigation or study of a subject, often to gain knowledge, uncover facts, or analyze data. Pesquisar in Portuguese usually involves collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information from various sources, such as books, articles, experiments, or surveys. It is commonly associated with academic, scientific, or scholarly pursuits. Examples of research include conducting a scientific experiment, writing a research paper, or researching the history of a particular event. Remember that pesquisar (research) is the verb in Portuguese, while pesquisa is the substantive.

Eu preciso pesquisar maneiras de remover a mancha do carpete.
I need to find ways to remove the carpet stain.

Joana pesquisa sobre células na faculdade.
Joana investigates cells at the faculty.

Os adolescentes pesquisaram sobre suas futuras faculdades.
The adolescents inquired about their future faculties.

A pesquisa era sobre oportunidades no mundo do marketing.
The research was about opportunities in the marketing world.

Explorar: Explore in Portuguese

Explore in Portuguese can be used to refer to the act of exploring, investigating, or examining something new or unknown. In certain contexts, “explorar” can also mean to make the most of a situation or to take advantage of available opportunities in a positive manner.

Ela soube explorar ao máximo suas habilidades.
She knew how to make the most of her skills.

Vamos explorar a floresta.
Let’s explore the forest.

Eles estão explorando novas oportunidades de negócios.
They are exploring new business opportunities.

Fuçar: Snoop in Portuguese

The verb fuçar refers to the act of secretly or pryingly investigating or examining someone else’s private affairs or personal belongings without their permission. When someone snoops, they are trying to obtain information that is not readily available to them or that the person being snooped upon intends to keep hidden.

Ela fuçou as redes sociais do namorado sem ele saber.
She looked her boyfriend’s social media without his knowledge.

Eu estava fuçando seu armário atrás daquela blusa.
I was looking at your closet for that blouse.

Anna sempre fuça o computador do chefe dela.
Anna always take a look at her boss’ computer.

Caçar: Hunt in Portuguese

This verb typically refers to the act of pursuing and capturing or killing animals for food, sport, or other purposes. It involves tracking, stalking, and aiming to capture or kill prey. Hunt in Portuguese, or caçar, can also be used metaphorically to describe intense searching or seeking, often with an element of persistence or determination. For example, you might go hunting for bargains at a sale, hunt for clues in a mystery, or hunt for a solution to a problem. The substantive for hunt is easy: “caça” in Portuguese.

Eu caçei um veado com o meu marido.
I hunted a deer with my husband.

Ela foi caçar a informação sobre o curso do Celpe-BRAS na Rio & Learn.
She went looking for information about the Celpe-BRAS course at Rio & Learn.

Eu vou caçar aquele homem até encontrar.
I will hunt that man until I find him.

A caça de animais em extinção é proibida.
The hunt endangered animals is prohibited.

Agora é sua vez!

Complete the phrases below using the verbs procurar or buscar:

1) Já são 5 horas da tarde. Vou ________ minha irmã na escola.
2) Ela acha que perdeu o celular e está ________ em toda a casa.
3) Enquanto eu ________ meu caderno você pode ________ uma caneta para mim?
4) Ele voltou no banco para ________ seu telefone, mas não estava lá.
5) Eles ________ um cachorro para adotar.
6) Paula ________ um chapéu mas não acha em nenhuma loja.
7) Nós estamos ________ a música perfeita para nosso casamento.
8) O vento levou minha canga. Vou ________ e já volto.
9) João ________ sua namorada em casa sempre que vão ao cinema.
10) Depois de ________ meus chinelos por duas horas decidi _________ outro no armário.

Ok, guys? So that’s it! Now you know all about the verb search in Portuguese, including its synonyms for research, hunt, explore and pursue. If you are ready to explore more grammar and vocabulary in Portuguese, check out our related Dicas below! Big hug for everybody and see in our next Dica.
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1) buscar
2) procurando
3) procuro / buscar
4) buscar
5) procuram
6) procura
7) procurando
8) buscar
9) busca
10) procurar / buscar

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