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.

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

outseek, verb (used with object), outsought, outseeking.
reseek, verb (used with object), resought, reseeking.
unseeking, adjective

3. pursue, follow. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
seek (siːk)
vb (when intr, often foll by for or after) , seeks, seeking, sought
1.  to try to find by searching; look for: to seek a solution
2.  (also intr) to try to obtain or acquire: to seek happiness
3.  to attempt (to do something); try: I'm only seeking to help
4.  (also intr) 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
[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 & 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

seek definition

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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms & Phrases


see play hide and seek.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your
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.
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