verb (used with object), sought, seek·ing.

  1. to go in search or quest of: to seek the truth.
  2. to try to find or discover by searching or questioning: to seek the solution to a problem.
  3. to try to obtain: to seek fame.
  4. to try or attempt (usually followed by an infinitive): to seek to convince a person.
  5. to go to: to seek a place to rest.
  6. to ask for; request: to seek advice.
  7. Archaic. to search or explore.

verb (used without object), sought, seek·ing.

  1. to make inquiry.
  1. be sought after, to be desired or in demand: Graduates in the physical sciences are most sought after by employers these days.

verb seeks, seeking or sought (mainly tr)

  1. (when intr, often foll by for or after) to try to find by searching; look forto seek a solution
  2. (also intr) to try to obtain or acquireto seek happiness
  3. to attempt (to do something); tryI’m only seeking to help
  4. (also intr) to enquire about or request (something)to seek help
  5. to go or resort toto seek the garden for peace
  6. an archaic word for explore

Old English secan “inquire, search for; pursue; long for, wish for, desire; look for, expect from,” influenced by Old Norse soekja, both from Proto-Germanic *sokjan (cf. Old Saxon sokian, Old Frisian seka, Middle Dutch soekan, Old High German suohhan, German suchen, Gothic sokjan), from PIE *sag-yo-, from root *sag- “to track down, seek out” (cf. Latin sagire “to perceive quickly or keenly,” sagus “presaging, predicting,” Old Irish saigim “seek”). The natural modern form of the Anglo-Saxon word as uninfluenced by Norse is in beseech. Related: Sought; seeking.

see play hide and seek.

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