v. sought (sôt), seek·ing, seeks
1. To try to locate or discover; search for: animals seeking prey.
2. To endeavor to obtain or reach: seek a college education.
3. To go to or toward: Water seeks its own level.
4. To inquire for; request: seek directions from a police officer.
5. To try; endeavor: seek to do good.
To make a search or investigation: Seek and you will find.
[Middle English sechen, seken, from Old English sēcan; see sāg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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