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[seek] /sik/
verb (used with object), sought, seeking.
to go in search or quest of:
to seek the truth.
to try to find or discover by searching or questioning:
to seek the solution to a problem.
to try to obtain:
to seek fame.
to try or attempt (usually followed by an infinitive):
to seek to convince a person.
to go to:
to seek a place to rest.
to ask for; request:
to seek advice.
Archaic. to search or explore.
verb (used without object), sought, seeking.
to make inquiry.
be sought after, to be desired or in demand:
Graduates in the physical sciences are most sought after by employers these days.
Origin of seek
before 900; Middle English seken, Old English sēcan; cognate with German suchen, Old Norse sœkja, Gothic sōkjan; akin to Latin sāgīre to perceive by scent (see presage, sagacity); cf. beseech
Related forms
outseek, verb (used with object), outsought, outseeking.
reseek, verb (used with object), resought, reseeking.
unseeking, adjective
3. pursue, follow. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for resought
Historical Examples
  • So Coristine left the colonel to parade the piazza with Wilkinson, and resought the barber shop.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • If James had resought her love overnight, it had been a passing whim.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • With that the remorseless Egyptian drew his gown closer round him, and resought the upper air.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was like a raving lunatic when he resought his own cabin.

  • Claire felt a thrill of relief as she thanked the maid and resought the street.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
  • But remember,' he muttered, as he resought the quilt, 'I will beat thee in the morning.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • But she returned at last, and resought the suburban cottage in which she had last lodged before quitting England.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for resought


verb (mainly transitive) seeks, seeking, sought
when intr, often foll by for or after. to try to find by searching; look for: to seek a solution
(also intransitive) to try to obtain or acquire: to seek happiness
to attempt (to do something); try: I'm only seeking to help
(also intransitive) to enquire about or request (something): to seek help
to go or resort to: to seek the garden for peace
an archaic word for explore
Derived Forms
seeker, noun
Word Origin
Old English sēcan; related to Old Norse sōkja, Gothic sōkjan, Old High German suohhen, Latin sāgīre to perceive by scent; see beseech
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Word Origin and History for resought



Old English secan "inquire, search for; pursue; long for, wish for, desire; look for, expect from," influenced by Old Norse soekja, both from Proto-Germanic *sokjan (cf. Old Saxon sokian, Old Frisian seka, Middle Dutch soekan, Old High German suohhan, German suchen, Gothic sokjan), from PIE *sag-yo-, from root *sag- "to track down, seek out" (cf. Latin sagire "to perceive quickly or keenly," sagus "presaging, predicting," Old Irish saigim "seek"). The natural modern form of the Anglo-Saxon word as uninfluenced by Norse is in beseech. Related: Sought; seeking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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