seek

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English seken (also sechen), from Old English sēċan, with influence from Old Norse sœkja, whence the hard /k/ sound (compare beseech); both from Proto-Germanic *sōkijaną (to seek), from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂g- (to seek out). Cognate with West Frisian sykje, Low German söken, Dutch zoeken, German suchen, Danish søge, Icelandic sækja, Norwegian Bokmål søke, Norwegian Nynorsk søkja, Swedish söka.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /siːk/, sēk
  • (file)
  • Homophone: Sikh
  • Rhymes: -iːk

Verb[edit]

seek (third-person singular simple present seeks, present participle seeking, simple past and past participle sought)

  1. (transitive) To try to find; to look for; to search for.
    I seek wisdom.
    • 2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Focus on Everything”, in American Scientist:
      Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. [] A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that. Developed as a tool to electronically combine the sharpest bits of multiple digital images, focus stacking is a boon to biologists seeking full focus on a micron scale.
  2. (transitive) To ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
    I seek forgiveness through prayer.
    • Bible, Luke xi. 16
      Others, tempting him, sought of him a sign.
    • 1960, Lobsang Rampa, The Rampa Story:
      “My, my! It is indeed a long way yet, look you!” said the pleasant woman of whom I sought directions.
  3. (transitive) To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.
    I sought my fortune on the goldfields.
    • 1880, George Q. Cannon, How the Gospel is Preached By the Elders, etc.:
      But persecution sought the lives of men of this character.
    • 1886, Constantine Popoff, translation of Leo Tolstoy's What I Believe:
      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.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0045:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. [] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To go, move, travel (in a given direction).
    When the alarm went off I sought the exit in a panic.
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London]: [] [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur [], London: Published by David Nutt, [], 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      , Bk.V:
      Ryght so he sought [] towarde Sandewyche where he founde before hym many galyard knyghtes
  5. (transitive) To try to reach or come to; to go to; to resort to.
  6. (intransitive, computing) To navigate through a stream.
    • 2009, Jit Ghosh, ‎Rob Cameron, Silverlight 2 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (page 541)
      Most of the changes made to this control are to accommodate the various constraints that playback of streaming media may impose in broadcast streams, such as the inability to seek through the media.

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Noun[edit]

seek (plural seeks)

  1. (computing) The operation of navigating through a stream.
    • 2012, Aidong Zhang, ‎Avi Silberschatz, ‎Sharad Mehrotra, Continuous Media Databases (page 120)
      The number of seeks to retrieve a shot [] depends on the location of those frames on physical blocks.

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