Using ! to Find Variations of a Word

Use an exclamation mark (!) 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.

  • There must be at least 3 characters prior to the ! or you may receive unexpected results.
  • Use ! only to find unique roots; fir! will find fired, firing and fires, but will also find first, which you may not want.
  • Do not use ! inside quotation marks, or you may receive unexpected results. 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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