seek

verb
\ ˈsēk How to pronounce seek (audio) \
sought\ ˈsȯt How to pronounce seek (audio) \; seeking

Definition of seek

transitive verb

1 : to resort to : go to
2a : to go in search of : look for
b : to try to discover
3 : to ask for : request seeks advice
4 : to try to acquire or gain : aim at seek fame
5 : to make an attempt : try used with to and an infinitive governments … seek to keep the bulk of their people contented— D. M. Potter

intransitive verb

1 : to make a search or inquiry
2a : to be sought
b : to be lacking in critical judgment … they were sadly to seekThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Other Words from seek

seeker noun

Examples of seek in a Sentence

The office is seeking a salesperson. The prince is seeking a wife. Snakes seek the sun to warm their bodies. You should visit your doctor and seek his advice. You should seek medical help immediately if you experience any chest pain or shortness of breath. The church is seeking donations. He sought revenge for his son's murder. During the war, she sought asylum in Spain. They sought refuge in Canada. The company is seeking new ways to improve service.
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Recent Examples on the Web Among the people who walked up to seek help, 19 were enrolled in a housing resource such as permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing and 15 are pending referral to a housing resource. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2021 The extended stay inspired her to seek long-term residence and changed her idea of what a digital nomad’s life could be. Krithika Varagur, WSJ, 17 July 2021 The Diocese of Norwich said it’s the 31st Catholic religious organization in the U.S. to seek bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 17 July 2021 The record-breaking weekend temperatures in the West drove this bear family to seek relief in the cool waters of Lake Tahoe. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 16 July 2021 The federal prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes reportedly waited until after the election to seek search warrants, which stalled the public from finding out about the probe. Fox News, 16 July 2021 At the time, Moïse said only that Aristide had to seek treatment abroad and that Haiti's embassy in Cuba would provide any assistance required. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Roth said his bill, SB 806, still has strong reforms, such as allowing the board to seek reimbursement from disciplined doctors for investigation and legal costs. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 As for Cubans trying to seek refuge in the United States from the unrest via boat, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas warned against it. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of seek

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for seek

Middle English seken, from Old English sēcan; akin to Old High German suohhen to seek, Latin sagus prophetic, Greek hēgeisthai to lead

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20 Jul 2021

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“Seek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seek. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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seek

verb

English Language Learners Definition of seek

somewhat formal
: to search for (someone or something) : to try to find (someone or something)
: to ask for (help, advice, etc.)
: to try to get or achieve (something)

seek

verb
\ ˈsēk How to pronounce seek (audio) \
sought\ ˈsȯt \; seeking

Kids Definition of seek

1 : to try to find seek help … foxes called to each other, seeking again their lifelong mates.— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
2 : to try to win or get He sought revenge.
3 : to make an attempt Doctors are seeking to find a cure.

Choose the Right Synonym for seek

seek, search, and hunt mean to look for something. seek may be used in looking for either material or mental things. She's always seeking new friends. I seek the truth. search is used when looking for something in a very careful, thorough way. We searched all over the house for the letter. hunt is used for a long pursuit. I hunted all day for the right present.

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