seek

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

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.

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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Aside from that sort of espionage, credential dumping has become a key tool for hackers who seek to spread their infection to an entire network with the aim of destroying or holding ransom as many computers as possible. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Hacker Lexicon: What Is Credential Dumping?," 7 July 2019 The plaintiffs in the case accuse the government of engaging in racial discrimination in seeking to attach a citizenship question to the census. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Census citizenship question: what we know about the debate so far," 6 July 2019 But this assumption misses a host of previously apolitical or liberal college students who are voluntarily seeking out conservative thought as an alternative to the contemporary liberal-arts curriculum. Nate Hochman, National Review, "The Intellectual Dark Web’s Quiet Revolution," 5 July 2019 Latino motorists, the suit says, were pulled over by troopers who immediately sought to ascertain the immigration status of the car’s occupants. Jeff Gammage, ProPublica, "ACLU Sues Pennsylvania State Police, Alleging They’ve Overstepped in Acting as Immigration Authorities," 5 July 2019 The incumbents are Craig Goldman and Matt Krause of Fort Worth, Bill Zedler and Tony Tinderholt of Arlington and Jonathan Stickland of Bedford, who is not seeking re-election. Dallas News, "With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans, Democrats prepare for epic 2020 Texas fight," 5 July 2019 The date, though, will likely be remembered most vividly for the storming of the city’s legislative building by a small group of activists who sought to signal to the world their despondence over their city’s fate. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "The Disillusion and Frustration of a New Generation is Fuelling Hong Kong’s Protests," 3 July 2019 That’s worth restating: the chief lobbyist for American lawyers is fighting a bill that seeks to stop rampant law-breaking. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The American Bar Association is fighting Washington’s efforts to tackle money laundering," 1 July 2019 Another measure, which sought to counter a federal law that allows for-profit colleges to get up to 90 percent of their tuition from federal and state financial aid, was pulled altogether. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California bill targeting for-profit colleges is gutted," 1 July 2019

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

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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.

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