- 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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Related Wordspursue, follow, investigate, explore, undertake, offer, request, solicit, scout, inquire, scratch, fish, hunt, prowl, root, dragnet, quest, fan, nose, delve
Examples from the Web for seek
But on Thursday Boxer triggered a Golden State political earthquake, announcing that she would not seek a fifth term in 2016.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
Parents who want to transfer custody of a child to someone other than a relative must seek permission from a judge.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
We ought to seek Chinese cooperation in a response to this North Korean act of aggression.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
The birds will seek us out and they will use no logic we know.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
But on Monday Portman said that he would not run for president, choosing to seek reelection in Ohio.Is Gay Marriage Going Away in 2016?
December 4, 2014
I fly to seek a kindlier sphere, Since thou hast ceased to love me here.
Pericles went to seek his son, and found him reclining on the couch where he had left him.
He resolved at once to seek her and give his love freedom to tell itself.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
There is world enough for all to seek their happiness in their own way.
- (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 seek
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 seek
see play hide and seek.