From Center English seken (additionally sechen, whence dialectal English seech), from Previous English sēċan, with affect from Previous Norse sœkja, whence the laborious /ok/ sound (examine beseech); each from Proto-Germanic *sōkijaną (to hunt), from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂g- (to hunt out). Cognate with West Frisian sykje, Dutch zoeken, Low German söken, German suchen, Danish søge, Icelandic sækja, Norwegian Bokmål søke, Norwegian Nynorsk søkja, Swedish söka.



search (third-person singular easy current seeks, current participle searching for, easy previous and previous participle sought)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To attempt to discover; to search for; to seek for.

    I search knowledge.

    • 2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Deal with Every part”, in American Scientist:

      Not way back, it was troublesome to supply images of tiny creatures with each half in focus. [] A photograph processing approach known as focus stacking has modified that. Developed as a device to electronically mix the sharpest bits of a number of digital photographs, focus stacking is a boon to biologists searching for full deal with a micron scale.

  2. (transitive) To ask for; to solicit; to beseech.

    I search forgiveness by prayer.

  3. (transitive) To attempt to purchase or acquire; to try after; to intention at.

    I sought my fortune on the goldfields.

    • 1880, George Q. Cannon, How the Gospel is Preached By the Elders, and many others.:
      However persecution sought the lives of males of this character.
    • 1886, Constantine Popoff, translation of Leo Tolstoy’s What I Consider:
      I can not search fame or glory, nor can I assist attempting to eliminate my riches, which separate me from my fellow-creatures.
    • Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she confronted him with no worry no matter displaying in her darkish eyes. [] She put again a truant curl from her brow the place it had sought egress to the world, and seemed him full within the face now, drawing a deep breath which brought about the spherical of her bosom to elevate the lace at her throat.
  4. (intransitive, out of date) To go, transfer, journey (in a given route).
    • a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], ebook V, [London: [] by William Caxton], revealed 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur [], London: David Nutt, [], 1889, OCLC 890162034:

      Ryght so he sought [] towarde Sandewyche the place he founde earlier than hym many galyard knyghtes
  5. (transitive) To attempt to attain or come to; to go to; to resort to.

    When the alarm went off I sought the exit in a panic.

    • Search not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and cross to not Beersheba: for Gilgal shall absolutely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
    • 1726 (tr.), Alexander Pope, Homer’s Odyssey, Ebook II, line 33
      Since nice Ulysses sought the Phrygian plains
  6. (intransitive) To aim, endeavour, strive
    Our firm doesn’t search to restrict its workers from utilizing the web or participating in social networking.
  7. (intransitive, computing) To navigate by a stream.
    Synonym: scrub
    • 2009, Jit Ghosh, Rob Cameron, Silverlight 2 Recipes: A Drawback-Resolution Method (web page 541)
      Many of the modifications made to this management are to accommodate the assorted constraints that playback of streaming media might impose in broadcast streams, corresponding to the lack to search by the media.


For extra quotations utilizing this time period, see Citations:search.

Utilization notes[edit]

  • The phrase is usually used to imply “strive” or “need”. This utilization is criticized by Fowler within the entry “Formal Phrases”.


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search (plural seeks)

  1. (computing) The operation of navigating by a stream.
    • 2012, Aidong Zhang, Avi Silberschatz, Sharad Mehrotra, Steady Media Databases (web page 120)
      The variety of seeks to retrieve a shot [] will depend on the placement of these frames on bodily blocks.


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