[ verb ] try to get or reach
"seek a position" "seek an education" "seek happiness"
Used in print("Editorials"...)
He feels , therefore , that to seek a discontinuity in the arms policy of the United_States is the least risky path our government can take .(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)
He was aware of insistent inner beatings , as if prisoners within sought release from his rigid body .(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
A politician was approached by a man seeking the office of a minor public official who had just died .
[ verb ] try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
"The police are searching for clues" "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
Used in print(Booton Herndon, "From Custer to Korea, The 7th Cavalry"...)
Enemy reinforcements came pouring down , seeking a soft_spot .(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)
There was , of_course , no special reason to believe that the man or woman they sought had stayed only overnight at the hotel .(Joseph Chadwick, No Land Is Free....)
Even as she called to the children , Conchita let her gaze seek Tom_Brannon .(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)
His blue eyes sought the shimmering sea of haze ahead .
[ verb ] make an effort or attempt
"He tried to shake off his fears" "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps" "The police attempted to stop the thief" "He sought to improve himself" "She always seeks to do good in the world"
Used in print(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
It is because each side has sought to implement its distinctive theological belief through legislation and thus indirectly force its belief , or at_least the practical consequences thereof , upon others .(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)
Fearful of inviting a military showdown with the West which they could not win , the Communists seek to undermine Western power where the nuclear might of the West is irrelevant - in backwoods guerrilla skirmishes , in mob uprisings in the streets , in parliaments , in clandestine meetings of undercover conspirators , at the United_Nations , on the propaganda front , at diplomatic conferences - preferably at the highest level .(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)
An idea , of the sort that we have_in_mind , although of_necessity readily available to imagination , is more general in connotation than most poetic or literary images , especially those appearing in lyric_poems that seek to capture a moment of personal experience .
Such an understanding , although it must seek to be sympathetic , is not a matter of intuition .
It is obvious that the historian who seeks to recapture the ideas that have motivated human behavior throughout a given period will find the art and literature of that age one of his central and major concerns , by_no_means a mere supplement or adjunct of significant historical research .
[ verb ] go to or towards
"a liquid seeks its own level"
[ verb ] inquire for
"seek directions from a local"