Using * to Find Variations of a Word

Use an asterisk (*) to find a root word plus all the words made by adding letters to the end of it. For example, employ* would find variations on the term employ such as employee, employer, employment, and their plurals.

  • Use * only to find unique roots; fir* will find fired, firing and fires, but will also find first, which you may not want.
  • You can use an exclamation mark (!) in place of the * if you want. Both function in the same way, but there must be at least 3 characters in front of the ! or you might receive unexpected results.
  • Do not use * inside quotation marks. Enclosing anything in quotation marks finds only exact matches to whatever is inside them. For example, the search “corp*” will find corp* but not words beginning with corp, such as corporate or corporation.

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