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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.
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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]

sought (sɔːt)
the past tense and past participle of seek

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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.

pt. and pp. of seek, from O.E. sohte (see seek).
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Example sentences
You'll find the same seclusion the stars sought on this typically uncrowded
Gays sought the right not to be discriminated against in the workplace.
They sought the right not to be treated differently in the military.
Not long ago, a major public research university sought a new president to
  follow its revered and nationally known leader.
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