Using * and ! to find variations at the end of root words

Use the asterisk (*) or exclamation (!) wildcard characters at the end of a root word to find the root word and all the words that can be made by adding letters to the end of it, including plurals.

For example, employ* or employ! finds the term employ and such variations as employee, employer, employment, and their plurals.


When using these wildcard characters, it is best if you:

  • Use a root word of three characters or more.
  • Use unique root words. For example, fir* or fir! finds fire, fired, firing, and fires, but also finds first, which you may not want.

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