There's a single word to say "to quickly do something", namely "to expedite something."

Is there a single or two word expression to convey "to quickly find something", as in to locate, to spot, to ferret out, etc. without an adverb? I'm not getting much luck googling for synonyms of those expressions.

The context is sales copy:

Our site lets you quickly find the video scenes you like and...

  • Any of these: thesaurus.com/browse/discover ?
    – mplungjan
    May 13, 2015 at 12:18
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    to google something? :D
    – Yohann V.
    May 13, 2015 at 12:21
  • @mplungjan - I'm afraid not. The context is sales copy: "Our site lets you quickly find the video scenes you like and (...)". I came up and settled with with "to laser in" since posting the question, but leaving this open for now in case someone thinks of something better. :-) May 13, 2015 at 12:22
  • "quickly find" works for me
    – mplungjan
    May 13, 2015 at 12:22
  • How important is it to you that it be "without an adverb"
    – amdn
    May 13, 2015 at 13:53

8 Answers 8


You ruled out adverbs, so the following two suggestions (which I suppose are adverbial phrases) might not be suitable either, but:

“[spot/find/locate] in/at a glance” could work to imply quickness and/or

“… in a breeze” could have the added benefit of implying both ease and by extension, speed:

Our site lets you find/spot/locate the video scenes you like in a glance/breeze and...[even more].


From the text of your copy, I would suggest home in on

Our site lets you quickly home in on the video scenes you like and...

Synonym: Zero in on

Alternative spelling hone in - I would consider honing my skills by homing in on a specific subject, so I would not use that version myself

British books:


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One possible expression might be to lock in on something".

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    Never heard that expression
    – mplungjan
    May 13, 2015 at 12:19
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    Perhaps you meant home in on
    – mplungjan
    May 13, 2015 at 12:23
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    @mplungjan - indeed lol. was meant: to lock in on, like a guided missile. May 13, 2015 at 12:23

'Search' is best. Our site lets you search video scenes you like and....

  • Mm, no... because it conveys the idea of +searching+, whereas I'm trying to convey the idea of actually finding fast. :-) May 13, 2015 at 12:56
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    How about 'spot', 'stumble on' or 'trackdown'. I guess 'spot' should work.
    – Mustaghees
    May 13, 2015 at 13:10
  • Yeah, I considered to spot, but I'd then need the quickly bit to convey the right idea. Still playing with ideas, though... pinpoint, conjure up, or even pin down for that matter... :-) May 13, 2015 at 13:25
  • Maybe, Catch. Of course, I think it's a bit informal.
    – Eilia
    May 13, 2015 at 13:33
  • Why not simply "get" or "obtain" ? It skips the searching part entirely. "Our site lets you obtain/get instantly the videos you like" ?
    – P. O.
    May 13, 2015 at 13:49

How about discover?

Off-topic unsolicited advice (hehe)

From a marketing and messaging perspective, you don't need to refer to a "site" since most people will assume that a website is involved. So how about something like:

Our [advanced] video search-engine lets you instantly discover the videos that match your criteria...



Verb (identifies, identifying, identified)

Recognize or distinguish (especially something considered worthy of attention): a system that ensures that the student’s real needs are identified

The sentence would be

Our site lets you identify video scenes you like and...


promptly picks out the video scenes


It means to search haphazardly.

  • But it doesn't necessarily mean find. You could rummage for something and never find it, so I'm not sure this suits OP's purposes.
    – Nicole
    May 13, 2015 at 13:45

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