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Meaning of seek by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English seken ( also sechen ), from Old English sēċan ( “to seek; try to find, to look for, make search for; try to get; strive to effect, aim at, strive after; seek after, try to provide for; try to find out by investigation or examination; enquire about; try to learn by asking, ask, ask for, inquire; look to for, expect from; visit, go to; resort to; go, move, proceed; approach, attain to; attack, pursue, follow” ), with influence from Old Norse sœkja, whence the hard /k/ sound ( compare beseech ); both from Proto-Germanic *sōkijanan ( “to seek” ) .


    • IPA: /siːk/, sēk
    • Homophone: Sikh
    • Rhymes: -iːk


    seek ( third-person singular simple present seeks present participle seeking, simple past and past participle sought )

    1. ( transitive ) To try to find, to look for, to search .
      I seek wisdom .
    2. ( transitive ) To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
    3. ( transitive ) To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.
    4. ( intransitive, obsolete ) To go, move, travel ( in a given direction ).


    For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page .


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Explanation of seek by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. inquire for

    2. seek directions from a local
    3. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

    4. go to or towards

    5. a liquid seeks its own level
    6. try to get or reach

    7. seek a position
      seek an education
      seek happiness
    8. make an effort or attempt

    9. She always seeks to do good in the world
    1. the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk

    Definition of seek by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Seek a. Sick. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    2. Seek, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sought ; p. pr. & vb. n. Seeking.] [OE. seken, AS. sēcan, sēcean; akin to OS. sōkian, LG. söken, D. zoeken, OHG. suohhan, G. suchen, Icel. saekja, Sw. söka, Dan. söge, Goth. sōkjan, and E. sake. Cf. Beseech, Ransack, Sagacious, Sake, Soc.]
      1. To go in search of; to look for; to search for; to try to find.

      The man saked him, saying, What seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethren. Gen. xxxvii. 15, 16.

      2. To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.

      Others, tempting him, sought of him a sign. Luke xi. 16.

      3. To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at; as, “to seek wealth or fame; to seek one's life”.

      4. To try to reach or come to; to go to; to resort to.

      Seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal. Amos v. 5.

      Since great Ulysses sought the Phrygian plains. Pope.

    3. Seek v. i. To make search or inquiry; to endeavor to make discovery.

      Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read. Isa. xxxiv. 16.

      To seek, needing to seek or search; hence, unprepared. “Unpracticed, unprepared, and still to seek.” Milton. [Obs.] -- To seek after, to make pursuit of; to attempt to find or take. -- To seek for, to endeavor to find. -- To seek to, to apply to; to resort to; to court. [Obs.] “All the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom.” 1 Kings x. 24. -- To seek upon, to make strict inquiry after; to follow up; to persecute. [Obs.]

      To seek

      Upon a man and do his soul unrest. Chaucer.