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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In Vermont, for example, mobile home residents can seek mediation from the state for rent hikes above a certain level, according to a website run by Vermont Legal Services and Vermont Legal Aid. Anchorage Daily News, "Precarious spot for mobile home owners as investors swoop in," 16 Sep. 2019 Countries that receive a bulk of their supply from Saudi Arabia could seek to purchase oil from the U.S. if the Saudi's facilities are offline for an extended period. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Will the drone strikes in Saudi Arabia impact gas prices? Experts say yes.," 15 Sep. 2019 For a more pastoral berth, seek out one of many mountain huts dotting the region. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Eat, drink, and herd cattle at this Austrian festival," 15 Sep. 2019 Rizzo sought help from the state's early-intervention services and a developmental pediatrician, and both boys were diagnosed with autism. oregonlive, "Mom sues, saying prolific sperm donor passed along autism," 15 Sep. 2019 Drivers can seek alternative routes east and west on Lake Woodlands Drive, FM 1488, Texas 242 and The Woodlands Parkway. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Closure continues on portion of Research Forest Drive in The Woodlands," 14 Sep. 2019 Faced with that choice, Labour would likely hit the nuclear button and seek to bring down Johnson in a vote of no-confidence, and replace him with a new, temporary government with the single purpose of securing a Brexit extension. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is trapped in a Brexit prison he helped build," 14 Sep. 2019 Charred clams are the classic dish of Mexico's Baja Peninsula—and a favorite of sun-seeking, seafood-loving tourists to the region. Fortune, "Charred Chocolate Clams: The Secrets of Baja’s Signature Dish," 14 Sep. 2019 Prosecutors had sought a one-year sentence for Huffman. CBS News, "Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in jail for college admissions scandal," 14 Sep. 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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