htaccess rewrite 301 need help

my old url is -

Then at /htaccess I - "Redirect 301 /search.php"

I then rewrite again in /dictionary - "RewriteRule ^word/(.*) dictionary/index.php?search=$1"


I am trying to get the URL as - ""

Now the rewrite at the /dictionary does work, if I manually type in a URL like "" it works. But from the redirects that come in it does not.

I hope this makes sense, because I have confused myself :)
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cbielichAuthor Commented:
my self also confused as to what you want to achieve

Can you post what is there in your .htaccess as is ?

And what i understand is you want the following url

to go to
Steve BinkCommented:
I got the same impression as babuno5.  To implement that, try this:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} search=([a-zA-Z]+) [NC]
RewriteRule ^/?search.php$ /dictionary/word/%1 [R=301,NC]

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cbielichAuthor Commented:
Babuno5 - Yes that is exactly what I am trying to do

rountinet - my result URL is ""

close :)
Steve BinkCommented:
End the rule with a '?':

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} search=([a-zA-Z]+) [NC]
RewriteRule ^/?search.php$ /dictionary/word/%1? [R=301,NC]

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cbielichAuthor Commented:
Thats it thanks :)
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