to go in search or quest of:
to seek the truth.
to try to find or discover by searching or questioning:
to seek the solution to a problem.
to try to obtain:
to seek fame.
to try or attempt (usually followed by an infinitive):
to seek to convince a person.
to go to:
to seek a place to rest.
to ask for; request:
to seek advice.
Archaic. to search or explore.
to make inquiry.
be sought after, to be desired or in demand:
Graduates in the physical sciences are most sought after by employers these days.
verb (mainly transitive) seeks, seeking, sought
when intr, often foll by for or after. to try to find by searching; look for: to seek a solution
(also intransitive) to try to obtain or acquire: to seek happiness
to attempt (to do something); try: I’m only seeking to help
(also intransitive) to enquire about or request (something): to seek help
to go or resort to: to seek the garden for peace
an archaic word for explore
Old English secan “inquire, search for; pursue; long for, wish for, desire; look for, expect from,” influenced by Old Norse soekja, both from Proto-Germanic *sokjan (cf. Old Saxon sokian, Old Frisian seka, Middle Dutch soekan, Old High German suohhan, German suchen, Gothic sokjan), from PIE *sag-yo-, from root *sag- “to track down, seek out” (cf. Latin sagire “to perceive quickly or keenly,” sagus “presaging, predicting,” Old Irish saigim “seek”). The natural modern form of the Anglo-Saxon word as uninfluenced by Norse is in beseech. Related: Sought; seeking.
see: play hide and seek
simple past tense of bespeak. to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader’s patience. to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater. Literary. to speak to; address. to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart. Obsolete. to foretell; forebode. Historical Examples These two smiled on him […]
to cover or adorn with or as if with spangles; make sparkle brilliantly: grass bespangled with dewdrops; poetry bespangled with vivid imagery. verb (transitive) to cover or adorn with or as if with spangles v. 1610s, from be- + spangle. Related: Bespangled; bespangling.
to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc. to slander or libel: a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip. Historical Examples This is the nameless refuse which flings itself to bespatter Masonry. Devil-Worship in France Arthur Edward Waite The mosquitoes 412 trouble me so much that in driving them away I bespatter my paper with […]
to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader’s patience. to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater. Literary. to speak to; address. to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart. Obsolete. to foretell; forebode. Historical Examples Permit me most earnestly to bespeak this confidence, as we […]