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Definition: quoted search


A multi-word query. A quoted search is used when querying a phrase or a term with two or more words. Without the quotes, results will be retrieved that contain "any" of the search words. To do a quoted search, place quote marks before and after the search words. See Google Verbatim.




With and Without Quotes
A Google search for New Years without the quotes retrieves nearly ten billion results. These are pages that contain the word "New" or "Years" or both. To ensure both words are found together, the quotes are necessary.