verb (past and past participle sought /sɔːt/)[with object]
- 1Attempt to find (something): they came here to seek shelter from biting winter windsMore example sentences
- The situation facing some women upon their release, however, is so desolate that they have returned to the prison seeking food and shelter.
- Widespread logging destroyed winter shelter, while lumber-jacks sought the lean meat.
- Dom raced back to Don and explained that there was a boy who sought food and shelter.
- 1.1Attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something): the new regime sought his extradition [no object, with infinitive]: her parents had never sought to interfere with her freedomMore example sentences
- They are an incredibly valuable resource to a transforming Army that has desired and sought adaptive capacity in its leaders.
- As such, only verbal consent was sought and obtained.
- In none of the transfer cases which have been cited to us had the consent of the man been sought or obtained.
- 1.2Ask for (something) from someone: he sought help from the policeMore example sentences
- I've tried to get him to accept my advice that he should seek medical help, but he persists.
- Following advice from a teacher, Smriti sought medical help but the doctor did not tell her that her son was suffering from schizophrenia.
- People concerned should seek medical attention when early symptoms set in.
- 1.3 (seek someone/thing out) Search for and find someone or something: it’s his job to seek out new customersMore example sentences
- Clubs and societies all over the country are organising fundraisers and shops and pubs have buckets organised that they don't need to shake or rattle - customers seek them out to make their donation.
- Many cards were outdated as people moved to new jobs, forcing him to seek them out before starting all over again.
- Rather, such evidence is not unearthed because of the lack of the will to seek it out.
seek one's fortune
- Travel somewhere in the hope of achieving wealth and success: he emigrated to Britain to seek his fortuneMore example sentences
- John continued his naval career until 1881 when he decided to seek his fortune in America without success.
- His paternal grandfather sought his fortune as a fur trapper in Canada, joined the Mounties, then emigrated to South Africa.
- Established as a pearling port in the 1880s, it has long attracted people from around the world seeking their fortune, giving the modern town a truly multicultural atmosphere.
to seek • archaic
- (far to seek) Out of reach; a long way off: the reason is not far to seekMore example sentences
- Optimism is not much in evidence among commentators on Middle Eastern politics and the reasons are not far to seek.
- The reasons behind sparse usage, however, are not far to seek.
- One of the principle reasons for this resistance and controversy is not far to seek: design-theoretic research has been hijacked as part of a larger cultural and political movement.
- [often in combination]: a pleasure-seeker a job-seekerMore example sentences
- The fourth area of concern was the legal status of asylum seekers held in state prisons.
- Asylum seekers are seen as lawless, defying boundaries and breeding instability.
- Things won't be much better for asylum seekers who are lucky enough not to have been imprisoned.
Old English sēcan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zieken and German suchen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sagire 'perceive by scent'.