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v. sought, seek•ing. v.t.
If you seek something such as help, advice, or the solution to a problem, you try to obtain it.
The past tense and past participle of seek is sought, not 'seeked'.
Seek is often used in writing, but you do not normally use it in conversation. Instead of saying that someone 'seeks' something, you usually say that they try to get it or try to find it.
In modern English, you never say that someone seeks a person or an object. You say that they look for the person or object.
Past participle: sought
|Noun||1.||seek - the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk|
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
|Verb||1.||seek - try to get or reach; "seek a position"; "seek an education"; "seek happiness"|
desire, want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
bid - make a serious effort to attain something; "His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population"
quest - make a search (for); "Things that die with their eyes open and questing"; "The animal came questing through the forest"
|2.||seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"|
finger - search for on the computer; "I fingered my boss and found that he is not logged on in the afternoons"
fumble, grope - feel about uncertainly or blindly; "She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
divine - search by divining, as if with a rod; "He claimed he could divine underground water"
surf, browse - look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular; "browse a computer directory"; "surf the internet or the world wide web"
leave no stone unturned - search thoroughly and exhaustively; "The police left no stone unturned in looking for the President's murderer"
hunt - seek, search for; "She hunted for her reading glasses but was unable to locate them"
gather - look for (food) in nature; "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"
want - hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
scour - examine minutely; "The police scoured the country for the fugitive"
seek out - look for a specific person or thing
grub - search about busily
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
|3.||seek - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"|
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
struggle, fight - make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"
have a go, give it a try - make an attempt at something; "I never sat on a horse before but I'll give it a go"
grope - search blindly or uncertainly; "His mind groped to make the connection"
endeavor, endeavour, strive - attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy"
adventure, gamble, run a risk, take a chance, take chances, risk, chance, hazard - take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
|4.||seek - go to or towards; "a liquid seeks its own level"|
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
|5.||seek - inquire for; "seek directions from a local"|
request - inquire for (information); "I requested information from the secretary"
seek[siːk] (sought (pt, pp))
he has been sought in many countries → se le ha buscado en muchos países
it is much sought after → está muy cotizado
to seek death → buscar la muerte
the reason is not far to seek → no es difícil indicar la causa
to seek shelter (from) → buscar abrigo (de)
to seek advice from sb → pedir consejo a algn
the couple sought a second opinion → la pareja quiso tener una segunda opinión
seek[ˈsiːk] [sought] (pt, pp) vt
to seek advice from sb → demander conseil à qn
to seek help from sb → demander de l'aide à qn
seekpret, ptp <sought>
seek[siːk] (sought (pt, pp))
to seek shelter (from) → cercar riparo (da)
to seek one's fortune → cercar fortuna
to seek advice/help from sb → chiedere consiglio/aiuto a qn