Word Origin & History
O.E. secan "visit, inquire, pursue," influenced by O.N. soekja, both from P.Gmc. *sokjanan (cf. O.S. sokian, O.Fris. seka, M.Du. soekan, O.H.G. suohhan, Ger. suchen, Goth. sokjan), from PIE *sag- "to track down, to trace" (cf. L. sagire "to perceive quickly or keenly," sagus "presaging, predicting,"
O.Ir. saigim "seek"). The modern form of the word as uninfluenced by O.N. is in beseech
. The religious sect of the Seekers is attested from 1645.
pt. and pp. of seek, from O.E. sohte (see seek