PowerShell – How to Check if String Contains Any Value in Array

Very short post today, the PowerShell script below is simply a function that will take a string such as “Red fox jumping over fences” and will compare it to an array of values to see if it contains any of them.

# Set the variables
$description = "Red fox jumping over fences"
$searchArray = @("fox", "red", "blue")

# Simple function to check if a string contains any one of a set of terms to search for
# Returns True if found or False otherwise
function containsArrayValue {
    param ( 


    foreach($searchTerm in $searchterms) {
        if($description -like "*$($searchTerm)*") {
            return $true;

    return $false;

# Call the function
containsArrayValue $description $searchArray

and finally, the output –

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