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seek Explained

seek at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


seek at English irregular forms Of Explained:


seek at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. secan "visit, inquire, pursue," influenced by O.N. soekja, both from P.Gmc. *sokjanan, from PIE *sag-. The modern form of the word as uninfluenced by O.N. is in beseech. ///

seek at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W1 v past tense and past participle sought /s[hA350][hA359]t $ s[hA361][hA359]t/ [T] // [Language: Old English; Origin: secan]//
1 formal to try to achieve or get something: --Do you think the President will seek re-election ?// seek refuge/asylum/shelter etc // --Thousands of people crossed the border, seeking refuge from the war.// seek revenge/damages/compensation etc // --He sought revenge against Surkov for separating him from his wife and son.// seek to do sth// --Local schools are seeking to reduce the dropout rate.// attention-seeking/publicity-seeking //
2 seek (sb's) advice/help/assistance etc: formal to ask someone for advice or help// --If the symptoms persist, seek medical advice.//
3 written to look for someone or something: look for// --new graduates seeking employment// --Attractive woman, 27, seeks male, 25-35, for fun and friendship.//
4 seek your fortune: literary to go to another place hoping to gain success and wealth// --Coles came to the Yukon in the 1970s to seek his fortune.//
5 to move naturally towards something or into a particular position: --Water seeks its own level.// heat-seeking, hide-and-seek, self-seeking, sought-after// seek out [seek sb/sth → out] phr v// to try to find someone or something, especially when this is difficult// --Our mission is to seek out the enemy and destroy them.// ----------// HINT sense 1 // In spoken English it is more usual to use look for or try to find. // HINT sense 2 // In spoken English it is more usual to use try to get. // ----------//

Seek at English => English (GNU/Linux) Of Explained:

In a disk drive, to locate a specific region of a disk and to position the read/write head so that the computer can retrieve data or program instructions. From QUECID

seek at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

97 Moby Thesaurus words for "seek":
address, aim, angle for, ask for, aspire, be after, be curious,
be determined, beat about for, beg, bid for, burn with curiosity,
canvass, cast about, chase, chivy, court, delve, delve for, demand,
dig, dig around for, dig for, dig up, dog, endeavor, essay,
ferret out, fish, fish for, follow, follow up, gape, gawk,
give chase, go after, go gunning for, gun for, hollo after, hope,
hound, hunt, hunt for, hunt up, inquire, interrogate, invite,
labor, look, look for, look up, make after, mouse, nose,
nose around for, nose out, peer, pop the question, prosecute,
prowl after, pursue, query, quest, quest after, question, quiz,
raise the hunt, request, resolve, root, rubber, rubberneck,
run after, search, search for, search out, see to, seek for,
seek out, smell, solicit, stare, still-hunt, strain, strive,
struggle, study, sue, sue for, sweat, sweat blood, take out after,
try, try to find, undertake, want to know, woo

seek at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Question): make inquiry, inquire, ask, seek, search, look for, look about for, look out for, scan, reconnoiter, explore, sound, rummage, ransack, pry, peer, look round, look over, go over, look through, go through, spy, ask about, inquire about.

[V] (Pursuit): pursue, prosecute, undertake, endeavor, court, request, follow, run after, make after, be after, hunt, follow, shadow, seek, search, aim at, follow the trail, trace, track, chase.

[V] (Offer): offer, proffer, present, tender, bid, propose, move, make a motion, start, put forward, volunteer, come forward, be a candidate, bid for, seek, bribe, give.

seek at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 ~ (for) sth/sb to look for sth/sb:
[VN] Drivers are advised to seek alternative routes. * [V] (BrE) They sought in vain for somewhere to shelter.
2 to try to obtain or achieve sth:
[VN] to seek compensation / funding * Highly qualified secretary seeks employment. (= in an advertisement) * He intends to seek custody of the children. * We are currently seeking new ways of expanding our membership. [also V]
3 [VN] ~ sth (from sb) to ask sb for sth:
I think it's time we sought legal advice. * She managed to calm him down and seek help from a neighbour.
4 [V to inf] to try to do sth:
They quickly sought to distance themselves from the protesters.
5 (-seeking) (in adjectives and nouns) looking for or trying to get the thing mentioned; the activity of doing this:
attention-seeking behaviour * Voluntary work can provide a framework for job-seeking.
see also HIDE-AND-SEEK
seek your fortune (literary) to try to find a way to become rich, especially by going to another place:
Many emigrated to Australia to seek their fortune.
seek sb/sth out to look for and find sb/sth, especially when this means using a lot of effort

Seek at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Seek \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, unpreparated.
``Unpracticed, unpreparated, and still to seek.''
--Milton. [Obs]

{To seek after}, to make pursuit of; to attempt to find or

{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.

Seek \Seek\, a.
Sick. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Seek \Seek\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sought}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Seeking}.] [OE, seken, AS. s?can, s?cean; akin to OS.
s?kian, LG. s["o]ken, D. zoeken, OHG. suohhan, G. suchen,
Icel. s?kja, Sw. s["o]ka, Dan. s["o]ge, Goth. s?kjan, and E.
sake. Cf. {Beseech}, {Ransack}, {Sagacious}, {Sake}, {Soc}.]
1. To go in search of; to look for; to search for; to try to

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

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

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.

seek at English => English (Computer) Of Explained:


1. To move the head of a {disk drive} radially,
i.e., to move from one {track} to another.

2. To wind the {tape} to a given location.

3. To move the pointer that marks the next {byte}
to be read from or written to a {file}.


seek at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: try to get or reach; "seek a position"; "seek an education";
"seek happiness"
2: 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" [syn:
{search}, {look for}]
3: 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" [syn:
{try}, {attempt}, {essay}, {assay}]
4: go to or towards; "a liquid seeks its own level"
5: inquire for; "seek directions from a local"
[also: {sought}]

n : the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track
on a disk
[also: {sought}]

seek at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » sek



From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » seken|lang=enm (also Inter: term » sechen|lang=enm), from Inter: etyl » ang|en Inter: term » secan|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|lang=ang, with influence from Inter: etyl » non|en Inter: term » sœkja|lang=non, whence the hard /k/ sound (compare Inter: term » beseech|lang=en); both from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » sōkijanan||to seek|lang=gem-pro.


* Inter: IPA » /siːk/, sēk
  • Inter: audio » en-us-seek.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: homophones » Sikh
  • Inter: rhymes » iːk


    Inter: en-verb » seeks|seeking|sought

  • Inter: transitiv » e To try to find, to look for, to search.
    1. : I seek wisdom.
    2. Inter: transitiv » e To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
    3. 1960, Category: w - :Lobsang Rampa|Lobsang Rampa, Category: s - :The Rampa Story/Chapter Nine|The Rampa Story:
    4. : “My, my! It is indeed a long way yet, look you!” said the pleasant woman of whom I sought directions.
    5. Inter: transitiv » e To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.
    6. 1880, Category: w - :George Q. Cannon|George Q. Cannon, Category: s - :Journal of Discourses/Volume 23/How the Gospel is Preached By the Elders, etc.|How the Gospel is Preached By the Elders, etc.:
    7. : But persecution sought the lives of men of this character.
    8. 1886, Constantine Popoff, translation of Category: w - :Leo Tolstoy|Leo Tolstoy's Category: s - :What I Believe (Tolstoy)/Chapter 12|What I Believe:
    9. : I can no longer seek fame or glory, nor can I help trying to get rid of my riches, which separate me from my fellow-creatures.
    10. Inter: intransitive » obsolete To go, move, travel (in a given direction).
    11. 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
    12. : Ryght so he sought ... towarde Sandewyche where he founde before hym many galyard knyghtes ....


      Inter: seeMoreCite » s


      * look for

  • search

    Derived terms

    * Inter: l » en|aseek
  • Inter: l » en|beseek
  • Inter: l » en|forseek
  • Inter: l » en|misseek
  • Inter: l » en|seek out

    Related terms

    * hide and seek
  • seeker


    Inter: trans-top » to try to find
  • Arabic: Inter: t+ » ar|بحث|tr=báHatha
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|փնտրել|tr=p’ntrel
  • Aromanian: Inter: t+ » rup|caftu, Inter: t- » rup|tser
  • Chinese:
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|hledat
  • Inter: trreq » Danish
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|zoeken, Inter: t+ » nl|nastreven
  • Esperanto: Inter: t+ » eo|serĉi
  • Inter: trreq » Faroese
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|etsiä
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|chercher
  • Friulian: Inter: tø » fur|cirî
  • Georgian: Inter: t+ » ka|ძებნა|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|suchen
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ζητώ|tr=zitó
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|חיפש|alt=חִפֵּשׂ|tr=chipés
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|keres, Inter: t+ » hu|kutat
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|cari|alt=mencari, Inter: t+ » id|cari|alt=mencari-cari
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|cercare
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|探す|tr=さがす, sagasu|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|探し回る|tr=さがしまわる, sagashi-mawaru|sc=Jpan
  • Khmer: Inter: t- » km|ស្វែងរក|tr=svaeng rɔɔk|sc=Khmr
  • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|찾다|sc=Kore, Inter: t- » ko|추구하다|sc=Kore

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Latin: Inter: t- » la|quaerere
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|meklēt
    • Lithuanian: Inter: t+ » lt|ieškoti
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|找|tr=zhǎo|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|找尋|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|找寻|tr=zhǎoxún|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|尋找|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|寻找|tr=xúnzhǎo|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|搜索|tr=sōusuǒ|sc=Hani
    • Mandarin: Inter: zh-tsp » 找尋|找寻|zhǎoxún, Inter: zh-tsp » 尋找|寻找|xúnzhǎo, Inter: zh-zh-p » 搜索|sōusuǒ, Inter: zh-zh-p » 找|zhǎo
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: Inter: t+ » no|søke, Inter: t+ » no|lete
    • Old English: Inter: t- » ang|secan|alt=sēċan, Inter: t- » ang|neosian|alt=nēosian
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|poszukiwać, Inter: t+ » pl|szukać
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|procurar
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|căuta
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|искать|tr=iskát'
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|lorg, Inter: t- » gd|sir, Inter: t- » gd|iarr
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|hľadať
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|buscar
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|söka
    • Inter: ttbc » tr: aramak, Inter: t- » tr|bulmaya calismak
    • West Frisian: Inter: t+ » fy|sykje
    • ǃXóõ: Inter: tø » nmn|ǃxáa

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    * ekes, kees, seke
    Category: Category:English irregular verbs -
    Translation: ar » seek
    Translation: cs » seek
    Translation: de » seek
    Translation: et » seek
    Translation: el » seek
    Translation: es » seek
    Translation: eu » seek
    Translation: fa » seek
    Translation: fr » seek
    Translation: gl » seek
    Translation: ko » seek
    Translation: io » seek
    Translation: id » seek
    Translation: it » seek
    Translation: kn » seek
    Translation: kk » seek
    Translation: ku » seek
    Translation: lo » seek
    Translation: li » seek
    Translation: hu » seek
    Translation: mg » seek
    Translation: ml » seek
    Translation: my » seek
    Translation: ja » seek
    Translation: pl » seek
    Translation: pt » seek
    Translation: ru » seek
    Category: simple:seek -
    Translation: fi » seek
    Translation: sv » seek
    Translation: ta » seek
    Translation: te » seek
    Translation: tr » seek
    Translation: uk » seek
    Translation: vi » seek
    Translation: zh » seek