- IPA: /siːk/, sēk
- Homophone: Sikh
- Rhymes: -iːk
- ( transitive ) To try to find, to look for, to search .
- ( transitive ) To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
- ( transitive ) To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.
- 1880, George Q. Cannon, How the Gospel is Preached By the Elders, etc.:
- 1886, Constantine Popoff, translation of Leo Tolstoy's What I Believe:
- ( intransitive, obsolete ) To go, move, travel ( in a given direction ).
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” ) .
Explanation of seek by Wordnet Dictionary
- seek a position
- seek an education
- seek happiness
- Seek a. Sick. [Obs.] Chaucer.
- 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.
- 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.]
Upon a man and do his soul unrest. Chaucer.
Definition of seek by GCIDE Dictionary