- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for seeking
The detectives are still at it, seeking to account for a period of time when Brinsley may well have paused to sit somewhere.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
Most other social justice movements are seeking some shift of power and money.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
The child almost died from the delay of an hour in seeking help.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Seeking to be celebrated for simply hiring a woman is tokenizing and offensive.Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back
December 16, 2014
Who can blame musicians for seeking a larger crossover audience?The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
We shall be going West like the old '49-ers, seeking adventure and gold.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He was seeking his opportunity to punish him for the rash utterance.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Back and back gave Tranter, ever seeking time for a last cut.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"It clears Alan," he said, seeking furtively for a look into the drooping face.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Still, I had nothing; not even the means of seeking a livelihood.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- (when intr, often foll by for or after) to try to find by searching; look forto seek a solution
- (also intr) to try to obtain or acquireto seek happiness
- to attempt (to do something); tryI'm only seeking to help
- (also intr) to enquire about or request (something)to seek help
- to go or resort toto seek the garden for peace
- an archaic word for explore
Word Origin and History for seeking
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.
Idioms and Phrases with seeking
see play hide and seek.