seek Definition

  • 1attempt to find (something)
  • 2ask for (something) from someone
  • 3try to obtain or achieve something

Using seek: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "seek" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She decided to seek professional help for her anxiety.

  • Example

    The company is seeking new investors.

  • Example

    He sought advice from his mentor.

  • Example

    I am seeking a job in marketing.

seek Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using seek

  • seek one's fortune

    to try to become successful, especially by taking risks or traveling to a new place


    After finishing college, he decided to seek his fortune in the big city.

  • to try to attract attention and become famous


    Some people are always seeking the limelight, while others prefer to stay out of the public eye.

  • to look for a place to stay that will protect you from bad weather or other dangers


    The hikers sought shelter in a nearby cave when the storm hit.

Phrases with seek

  • to actively look for and find someone or something


    She sought out her old friends from college on social media.

  • to look for a safe place to stay or hide from danger or trouble


    The refugees sought refuge in neighboring countries.

  • seek revenge

    to try to get back at someone who has wronged you


    He was determined to seek revenge on his former business partner.

Origins of seek

from Old English 'sēcan', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch 'zoeken' and German 'suchen'


Summary: seek in Brief

The verb 'seek' [siːk] means to attempt to find something, ask for something from someone, or try to obtain or achieve something. It can be used in various contexts, such as seeking professional help, seeking new investors, or seeking a job. The phrase 'seek out' means to actively look for and find someone or something, while 'seek refuge' means to look for a safe place to stay. Idioms like 'seek one's fortune' and 'seek the limelight' denote trying to become successful or famous.

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