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

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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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The subpoena seeks federal and state returns for both the president and the company dating back to 2011, the people said. BostonGlobe.com, "Both Trump and his company reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for money Cohen paid to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Trump. The president has denied the affair.," 17 Sep. 2019 The two sides had been seeking to reach an accord on the withdrawal of thousands of American troops from Afghanistan in exchange for security guarantees from the insurgents. NBC News, "Blast kills 24 at Afghan election rally, aide says president unhurt," 17 Sep. 2019 Ventrix is seeking about $20 million to do that mid-stage trial, Christman said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Heart attack treatment gel shows safety in early human study," 16 Sep. 2019 The subpoena seeks federal and state returns for both the president and the company dating back to 2011, the people said. New York Times, "8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A.," 16 Sep. 2019 The chief said his department would be seeking reimbursement for the investigative resources devoted to the threat. Kiera Feldman, Los Angeles Times, "He warned of ‘mass shooting’ at L.A. County Fair to avoid going with his parents, police say," 15 Sep. 2019 More likely is that the administration will seek other ways to increase competition by lessening the privileges granted to the GSEs. The Economist, "Steven Mnuchin begins reforming America’s giant mortgage-guarantee firms," 14 Sep. 2019 Multiple felony charges will be sought once the investigation is complete, Zalewski said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A driver fled police, caused a rollover, then fled on foot through a Wauwatosa cemetery, police say," 13 Sep. 2019 After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limited the 1031 tax break to real estate, the art industry lost velocity and investors have been seeking alternatives to lower their tax burden. Houston Chronicle, "Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods boost home values: report," 13 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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