seek

[ seek ]
/ sik /

verb (used with object), sought, seek·ing.

verb (used without object), sought, seek·ing.

to make inquiry.

Idioms

    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

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

out·seek, verb (used with object), out·sought, out·seek·ing.re·seek, verb (used with object), re·sought, re·seek·ing.un·seek·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for seek

seek

/ (siːk) /

verb seeks, seeking or sought (mainly tr)

(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

Derived Forms

seeker, noun

Word Origin for seek

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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Idioms and Phrases with seek

seek


see play hide and seek.

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