- simple past tense and past participle of seek.
- 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 sought
For a while yoga and pilates classes were sought out at luxury gyms like Equinox.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
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Their friendship began when Krauss, who was chairman of the physics department at Case Western in Cleveland, sought out Epstein.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
Where the U.S. once sought to train several divisions worth, the latest effort is for just 3,000 troops.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
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January 6, 2015
On Friday, the story had looked like it might blow over as Buckingham Palace sought to dismiss it as a “civil case.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
Two and a half millennia ago, Siddhartha Gautama sought enlightenment.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma
December 28, 2014
I have sought for thee throughout the world, and at last I believed thee dead.
Beyond it, I saw you standing with outstretched arms, as if you sought to come to me, but could not.
I have sought thy daughter in marriage for Xerxes, prince of the empire.
The true remedy is not to be sought in that direction in the one case any more than the other.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
He could not even tell her that it was at Hope's command he sought her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- the past tense and past participle of seek
- (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 sought
past tense and past participle of seek, from Old English sohte. Sought-after is from 1881 (sought-for in same sense is from c.1600).
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 sought
see play hide and seek.