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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To try to locate or discover; search for.
  • transitive v. To endeavor to obtain or reach: seek a college education.
  • transitive v. To go to or toward: Water seeks its own level.
  • transitive v. To inquire for; request: seek directions from a police officer.
  • transitive v. To try; endeavor: seek to do good.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To explore.
  • intransitive v. To make a search or investigation: Seek and you will find.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To try to find, to look for, to search.
  • v. To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
  • v. To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.
  • v. To go, move, travel (in a given direction).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sick.
  • transitive v. To go in search of; to look for; to search for; to try to find.
  • transitive v. To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
  • transitive v. To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.
  • transitive v. To try to reach or come to; to go to; to resort to.
  • intransitive v. To make search or inquiry; to endeavor to make discovery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go in search or quest of; look or search for; endeavor to find: often followed by out.
  • To inquire for; ask for; solicit; desire or try to obtain.
  • To go to; resort to; have recourse to.
  • To aim at; pursue as an object; strive after; attempt: as, to seek a person's life or his ruin.
  • To try; endeavor: with an infinitive object.
  • To search; search through.
  • To look at; consult.
  • To go; proceed; resort; have recourse; apply: with to.
  • To search, or make search or inquiry.
  • (b ) At a loss; without knowledge, experience, or resources; helpless: used adjectively, usually with be.
  • A Middle English form of sick.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. go to or towards
  • v. inquire for
  • v. make an effort or attempt
  • n. the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk
  • v. try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  • v. try to get or reach


Middle English sechen, seken, from Old English sēcan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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”) (compare West Frisian sykje, Dutch zoeken, German suchen, Danish søge). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂g- (“to seek out”). (Wiktionary)



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