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seek

[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 of seek
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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  • I felt sure he was seeking for some gibe, could think of none, and so was forced to silence.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • We shall be going West like the old '49-ers, seeking adventure and gold.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I turned this way and that without any notion hardly of what I was seeking.

    My Friends the Savages Giovanni Battista Cerruti
  • "It clears Alan," he said, seeking furtively for a look into the drooping face.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • If she was seeking and expecting, it was to him more than ever that she was now looking for protection.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for seeking

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 seeking

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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Idioms and Phrases with seeking

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