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[seek] /sik/
verb (used with object), sought, seeking.
1.
to go in search or quest of:
to seek the truth.
2.
to try to find or discover by searching or questioning:
to seek the solution to a problem.
3.
to try to obtain:
to seek fame.
4.
to try or attempt (usually followed by an infinitive):
to seek to convince a person.
5.
to go to:
to seek a place to rest.
6.
to ask for; request:
to seek advice.
7.
Archaic. to search or explore.
verb (used without object), sought, seeking.
8.
to make inquiry.
Idioms
9.
be sought after, to be desired or in demand:
Graduates in the physical sciences are most sought after by employers these days.
Origin
900
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
Synonyms
3. pursue, follow.
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Examples for seek
  • And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
  • More students seek counseling and take psychiatric medication.
  • Campus counseling services are telling too many students with high-risk problems to seek help elsewhere.
  • We seek to hire an animal ecophysiologist with a strong evolution background.
  • We seek an energetic scholar with leadership potential and program development experience.
  • It is ethically wrong to cash in on and seek profit from it--period.
  • We seek candidates who are dedicated to both publishing and teaching.
  • We seek innovative scholars and educators who value student-centered, interdisciplinary, community-based learning.
  • Progressives did not merely seek to use government as an instrument of reform.
  • Noble gentlemen seek harmony but aren't afraid of diversity.
British Dictionary definitions for seek

seek

/siːk/
verb (mainly transitive) seeks, seeking, sought
1.
when intr, often foll by for or after. to try to find by searching; look for to seek a solution
2.
(also intransitive) to try to obtain or acquire to seek happiness
3.
to attempt (to do something); try I'm only seeking to help
4.
(also intransitive) to enquire about or request (something) to seek help
5.
to go or resort to to seek the garden for peace
6.
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 seek
v.

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.

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seek in Technology


1. To move the head of a disk drive radially, i.e., to move from one track to another.
2. To wind the tape to a given location.
3. To move the pointer that marks the next byte to be read from or written to a file.
(1997-07-15)

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