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seek

 (sēk)
v. sought (sôt), seek·ing, seeks
v.tr.
1. To try to locate or discover; search for: animals seeking prey.
2. To endeavor to obtain or reach: seek a college education.
3. To go to or toward: Water seeks its own level.
4. To inquire for; request: seek directions from a police officer.
5. To try; endeavor: seek to do good.
v.intr.
To make a search or investigation: Seek and you will find.

[Middle English sechen, seken, from Old English sēcan; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.]

seek

(siːk)
vb (mainly tr) , seeks, seeking or sought
1. (when: intr, often foll by for or after) to try to find by searching; look for: to seek a solution.
2. (also intr) to try to obtain or acquire: to seek happiness.
3. to attempt (to do something); try: I'm only seeking to help.
4. (also intr) to enquire about or request (something): to seek help.
5. to go or resort to: to seek the garden for peace.
6. an archaic word for explore
[Old English sēcan; related to Old Norse sōkja, Gothic sōkjan, Old High German suohhen, Latin sāgīre to perceive by scent; see beseech]
ˈseeker n

seek

(sik)

v. sought, seek•ing. v.t.
1. to go in search or quest of.
2. to try to discover, as by studying.
3. to try to obtain: to seek fame.
4. to try or attempt (usu. fol. by an infinitive): to seek to convince a person.
5. to ask for; request: to seek advice.
6. Archaic. to search or explore.
v.i.
7. to make inquiry.
[before 900; Middle English seken, Old English sēcan, c. Old Frisian sēka, Old Saxon sōkian, Old High German suohhen (German suchen), Old Norse sŒkja, Gothic sōkjan]
seek′er, n.

seek

If you seek something such as help, advice, or the solution to a problem, you try to obtain it.

I was seeking the help of someone who spoke French.
Always seek professional legal advice before entering into any agreement.

The past tense and past participle of seek is sought, not 'seeked'.

Some units and formations sought the earliest opportunity to surrender.
His views on the war were sought by the American press.

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.

I tried to get their support for a trade union.
They tried to find other work.

In modern English, you never say that someone seeks a person or an object. You say that they look for the person or object.

I've been looking for you all over.
I looked for it for ages before I found it.

seek


Past participle: sought
Gerund: seeking

Imperative
seek
seek
Present
I seek
you seek
he/she/it seeks
we seek
you seek
they seek
Preterite
I sought
you sought
he/she/it sought
we sought
you sought
they sought
Present Continuous
I am seeking
you are seeking
he/she/it is seeking
we are seeking
you are seeking
they are seeking
Present Perfect
I have sought
you have sought
he/she/it has sought
we have sought
you have sought
they have sought
Past Continuous
I was seeking
you were seeking
he/she/it was seeking
we were seeking
you were seeking
they were seeking
Past Perfect
I had sought
you had sought
he/she/it had sought
we had sought
you had sought
they had sought
Future
I will seek
you will seek
he/she/it will seek
we will seek
you will seek
they will seek
Future Perfect
I will have sought
you will have sought
he/she/it will have sought
we will have sought
you will have sought
they will have sought
Future Continuous
I will be seeking
you will be seeking
he/she/it will be seeking
we will be seeking
you will be seeking
they will be seeking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been seeking
you have been seeking
he/she/it has been seeking
we have been seeking
you have been seeking
they have been seeking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been seeking
you will have been seeking
he/she/it will have been seeking
we will have been seeking
you will have been seeking
they will have been seeking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been seeking
you had been seeking
he/she/it had been seeking
we had been seeking
you had been seeking
they had been seeking
Conditional
I would seek
you would seek
he/she/it would seek
we would seek
you would seek
they would seek
Past Conditional
I would have sought
you would have sought
he/she/it would have sought
we would have sought
you would have sought
they would have sought
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
motion, movement - a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
Verb1.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"
dredge, drag - search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
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
quest after, quest for, go after, pursue - go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby"
fish, angle - seek indirectly; "fish for compliments"
grub - search about busily
feel - grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his wallet"
browse, shop - shop around; not necessarily buying; "I don't need help, I'm just browsing"
3.seek - make an effort or attemptseek - 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"
pick up the gauntlet, take a dare - be dared to do something and attempt it
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"
give it a try, give it a whirl - try; "let's give it a whirl!"
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"
lay on the line, put on the line, risk - expose to a chance of loss or damage; "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?"; "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"
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

verb
1. look for, pursue, search for, be after, hunt, go in search of, go in pursuit of, go gunning for, go in quest of They have had to seek work as labourers.
2. request, invite, ask for, petition, plead for, solicit, beg for, petition for The couple have sought help from marriage guidance counsellors.
3. try, attempt, aim, strive, endeavour, essay, aspire to, have a go at (informal) He also denied that he would seek to annex the country.
Quotations
"Seek, and ye shall find" Bible: St. Matthew

seek

verb
1. To try to find something:
2. To strive toward a goal:
3. To endeavor to obtain (something) by expressing one's needs or desires:
4. To make an attempt to do or make:
Translations
بحثيَبْحَثُ عَنيَبْحَثُ عَنْيُحاوِل
hledatsnažit se
søgeprøve
serĉi
etsiä
tražiti
kereskutattörekszik
cari
leita eftir/aîreyna
捜す
찾다
quaerere
graibstomas
censtiesmēģinātmeklēttiekties
iskati
sökasträva efter
หา
aramakuğraşmak
tìm kiếm

seek

[siːk] (sought (pt, pp))
A. VT
1. (= look for) [+ work, refuge] → buscar; [+ candidate] → solicitar; [+ honour] → ambicionar
he has been sought in many countriesse le ha buscado en muchos países
it is much sought afterestá muy cotizado
to seek deathbuscar la muerte
the reason is not far to seekno es difícil indicar la causa
to seek shelter (from)buscar abrigo (de)
2. (= ask for) → pedir, solicitar
to seek advice from sbpedir consejo a algn
the couple sought a second opinionla pareja quiso tener una segunda opinión
3. (frm) (= attempt) to seek to do sthtratar de or procurar hacer algo
B. VI (frm) to seek after or forbuscar
seek out VT + ADVbuscar

seek

[ˈsiːk] [sought] (pt, pp) vt
(= try to find) [+ work, refuge, route] → chercher
(= ask for) [+ help, advice] → demander
to seek advice from sb → demander conseil à qn
to seek help from sb → demander de l'aide à qn
(= try to get) [+ funding, compensation] → chercher à obtenir
(= attempt) to seek to do sth → chercher à faire qch
seek out
vt sep [+ person, opportunities] → chercher

seek

pret, ptp <sought>
vt
(= look for)suchen; fame, wealtherlangen wollen, streben nach; to seek somebody’s advicejdn um Rat fragen; the prosecutors are seeking the death penaltydie Staatsanwaltschaft will die Todesstrafe; the reason is not far to seekder Grund liegt auf der Hand; the quarrel is not of my seekingich habe den Streit nicht gesucht; seek time (Comput) → Zugriffszeit f
(liter: = attempt) → suchen (geh); to seek to do somethingsich bemühen, etw zu tun; those who sought his downfalldie(jenigen), die ihn zu Fall bringen wollten

seek

[siːk] (sought (pt, pp))
1. vt (gen) to seek (sth/to do sth)cercare (qc/di fare qc)
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
2. vi to seek after, seek forcercare
seek out vt + adv (person) → andare a cercare

seek

(siːk) past tense, past participle sought (soːt) verb
1. (sometimes with for) to try to find, get or achieve. He is seeking (for) an answer; You should seek your lawyer's advice; She's seeking fame in the world of television.
2. to try. These men are seeking to destroy the government.
sought after
wanted; asked for. This book is much sought after; a much sought-after book.

seek

يَبْحَثُ عَنْ hledat søge suchen γυρεύω buscar etsiä chercher tražiti cercare 捜す 찾다 nastreven lete poszukać procurar искать sträva efter หา aramak tìm kiếm 寻求

seek

vt buscar; to seek medical attention.. buscar atención médica..acudir al médico
References in classic literature ?
Once on a time, a knight went out into the world to seek his fortune, for he had nothing but his sword and his shield.
And it is one of the largest of these idols--by name Quitzel--that I am going to seek.
Add to this the violent opposition of her father and her sister Margaret to her marriage with a Catholic, and we need seek no further for the motives which led her to accept Monsieur Pontellier.
Unhappily the road was deserted in the still powerful sunlight, and he was obliged to seek the cover of the woods, with a passing compliment to the parent of his charges.
Doubtless, however, the whole story of human existence may be latent in each of them, but with no picturesqueness, externally, that can attract the imagination or sympathy to seek it there.
But now, should you go thither to seek him, you would inquire in vain for the Locofoco Surveyor.
They are mostly young, of stalwart frames; fellows who have felled forests, and now seek to drop the axe and snatch the whale-lance.
A man who goes seeking should have some notion of what he goes out to seek.
Shall we not seek our own pleasures, and forget the little one?
And, in fine, I could not have restrained my desires, nor remained satisfied had I not followed a path in which I thought myself certain of attaining all the knowledge to the acquisition of which I was competent, as well as the largest amount of what is truly good which I could ever hope to secure Inasmuch as we neither seek nor shun any object except in so far as our understanding represents it as good or bad, all that is necessary to right action is right judgment, and to the best action the most correct judgment, that is, to the acquisition of all the virtues with all else that is truly valuable and within our reach; and the assurance of such an acquisition cannot fail to render us contented.
That with soft touch now brightens into jade Lintel and door, and when she lifts the blind Floats through the darkened chamber of her sleep; While leagues away my love-winged messages Go flocking home; and though they mingle not, Our thoughts seek one another.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.