seek

verb

sought ˈsȯt How to pronounce seek (audio) ; seeking

transitive verb

1
: to resort to : go to
2
a
: 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
2
a
: to be sought
b
: to be lacking
in critical judgment … they were sadly to seek The Times Literary Supplement (London)
seeker noun

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Names appear on the list when young people check into shelters or seek homeless services. oregonlive, 26 Nov. 2022 Break up and seek help via family, friends, and/or therapy. Meredith Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2022 But amid Pakistan’s economic turmoil, which required the country to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, and devastating floods over the summer, the demand went nowhere. Saeed Shah, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 Slovenski, founder and president of Cellular Forensics, LLC, said investigators would likely seek warrants for any of the digital devices recovered at the scene or from the victims, but also the cell tower call detail records, or CDRs. Fox News, 23 Nov. 2022 The children have traded hide and seek for dances on TikTok and Instagram and the women of my family are now looking to my cousins and I to step up. Essence, 23 Nov. 2022 Effective altruism is a global philanthropic movement in which donors seek to maximize the impact of their giving for the long term. Cade Metz, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Ukrainians have defended themselves brilliantly, courageously, and honorably, and seek nothing more than a restoration of their land and people and the reconstruction of their peaceful lives. Mark Polyak, Time, 23 Nov. 2022 The attorney general’s office said binding opinions have the force of law, and a public body has to comply or seek administrative review in circuit court within 35 days of the opinion being issued. Ray Long, Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of seek was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Seek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seek. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

seek

verb

sought ˈsȯt How to pronounce seek (audio) ; seeking
1
: to go to
seek the shade on a sunny day
2
a
: to go in search of : look for
seek out the guilty person
b
: to try to discover
seek the truth
3
: to ask for : request
seeks advice
4
: to try to acquire or gain : aim at
seeking public office
5
: to make an attempt : try
seek to find a way
sought to improve my work
seeker noun

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