seek

If you seek an accordion player for your new polka band, it means you are looking for a band mate.

When you seek something, you try to find it. It's possible to seek fame, or snacks, or a college degree, or approval — as long as you're looking for it, or longing for it, you're seeking it. The origins of the word seek go back to the Latin word sagire, which means "to perceive keenly by scent." Imagine a dog tracking a rabbit, sniffing the ground and following its scent, and you'll know exactly what it means to seek something.

Definitions of seek
  1. verb
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
    synonyms: look for, search
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    drag, dredge
    search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
    finger
    search for on the computer
    fumble, grope
    feel about uncertainly or blindly
    divine
    search by divining, as if with a rod
    browse, surf
    look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular
    leave no stone unturned
    search thoroughly and exhaustively
    hunt
    seek, search for
    gather
    look for (food) in nature
    want
    hunt or look for; want for a particular reason
    scour
    examine minutely
    seek out
    look for a specific person or thing
    go after, pursue, quest after, quest for
    go in search of or hunt for
    angle, fish
    seek indirectly
    grub
    search about busily
    feel
    grope or feel in search of something
    browse, shop
    shop around; not necessarily buying
    grope for, scrabble
    feel searchingly
    dowse
    use a divining rod in search of underground water or metal
    shell
    look for and collect shells by the seashore
    comparison-shop
    compare prices for a given item
    antique
    shop for antiques
    window-shop
    examine the shop windows; shop with the eyes only
    browse
    scan, look through, or look for information on the internet
  2. verb
    try to get or reach
    seek a position”
    seek an education”
    seek happiness”
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    make a serious effort to attain something
    quest
    make a search (for)
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    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
  3. verb
    go to or towards
    “a liquid seeks its own level”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. verb
    inquire for
    seek directions from a local”
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    request
    inquire for (information)
  5. verb
    make an effort or attempt
    “He sought to improve himself”
    “She always seeks to do good in the world”
    synonyms: assay, attempt, essay, try
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    pick up the gauntlet, take a dare
    be dared to do something and attempt it
    fight, struggle
    make a strenuous or labored effort
    give it a try, have a go
    make an attempt at something
    grope
    search blindly or uncertainly
    endeavor, endeavour, strive
    attempt by employing effort
    give it a try, give it a whirl
    try
    adventure, chance, gamble, hazard, risk, run a risk, take a chance, take chances
    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    lay on the line, put on the line, risk
    expose to a chance of loss or damage
    strive, struggle
    exert strenuous effort against opposition
    drive, labor, labour, push, tug
    strive and make an effort to reach a goal
    flounder
    behave awkwardly; have difficulties
    be at pains, take pains
    try very hard to do something
    buck
    to strive with determination
    go for broke
    risk everything in one big effort
    luck it, luck through
    act by relying on one's luck
    adventure, hazard, jeopardize, stake, venture
    put at risk
    bell the cat
    take a risk; perform a daring act
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  6. noun
    the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk
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    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
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