ran·sack / ˈranˌsak; ranˈsak/ • v. [tr.] go hurriedly through (a place) stealing things and causing damage: burglars ransacked her home. ∎ search through (a place or receptacle) to find something, esp. in such a way as to cause disorder and damage: Hollywood ransacks the New York stage for actors.DERIVATIVES: ran·sack·er / ˈranˌsakər/ n.