- Seek is defined as to search or look for something.
An example of seek is to actively be searching through help wanted ads.
Tools you might use if you seek a job.
transitive verbsought, seeking
- to try to find; search for; look for
- to go to; resort to: to seek the woods for peace
- to try to get or find out by asking or searching: to seek the answer to a question
- to request; ask for
- to bend one's efforts toward; aim at; pursue: seeking perfection
- to try; attempt: used with an infinitive: to seek to please someone
- Archaic to explore
Origin of seekMiddle English seken ; from Old English secan, akin to Old Saxon sōkian, German suchen, Old Norse sœkja ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sāg-, to track down, trace from source Classical Latin sagire, to scent out, perceive
- to look for someone or something
- to make a search or investigation: to seek after something
- Archaic to resort (to)
verbsought sought , seek·ing, seeks
- To try to locate or discover; search for: animals seeking prey.
- To endeavor to obtain or reach: seek a college education.
- To go to or toward: Water seeks its own level.
- To inquire for; request: seek directions from a police officer.
- To try; endeavor: seek to do good.
Origin of seekMiddle English sechen, seken, from Old English sēcan; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present seeks, present participle seeking, simple past and past participle sought)
- hide and seek
- ekes, kees, seke
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 *sōkijaną (“to seek”) (compare West Frisian sykje, Low German söken, Dutch zoeken, German suchen, Danish søge). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂g- (“to seek out”).
seek - Computer Definition
(1) To move the access arm to the requested track on a disk.
(2) An assembly language instruction that activates a seek operation on disk.
(3) A high-level programming language command used to select a record by key field.