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For the verb: "to seek"

Simple Past: sought
Past Participle: sought

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
seek /sik/USA pronunciation   v., sought/sɔt/USA pronunciation  seek•ing. 
  1. to go in search of: [~ ( + out) + object]to seek (out) a new life.[+ object ( + out)]to seek her (out), wherever she was.
  2. to try to discover, as by studying[+ object]to seek the secrets of the universe.
  3. to try to obtain[+ object]to seek advice from your attorney.
  4. to try or attempt[+ to + verb]sought to convince the queen to finance his expedition.
seek•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
seek  (sēk), 
v., sought, seek•ing. 

v.t. 
  1. to go in search or quest of:to seek the truth.
  2. to try to find or discover by searching or questioning:to seek the solution to a problem.
  3. to try to obtain:to seek fame.
  4. to try or attempt (usually fol. by an infinitive):to seek to convince a person.
  5. to go to:to seek a place to rest.
  6. to ask for; request:to seek advice.
  7. [Archaic.]to search or explore.

v.i. 
  1. to make inquiry.
  2. be sought after, to be desired or in demand:Graduates in the physical sciences are most sought after by employers these days.
Etymology:bef. 900;
Middle English seken, Old English sēcan;
cognate with German suchen, Old Norse sœkja, Gothic sōkjan;
akin to Latin sāgīre to perceive by scent (see presage, sagacity);
compare beseech
3 . pursue, follow.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

seek /siːk/ vb (seeks, seeking, sought)(mainly tr)
  1. when intr, often followed by for or after: to try to find by searching; look for: to seek a solution
  2. (also intr) to try to obtain or acquire: to seek happiness
  3. to attempt (to do something); try: I'm only seeking to help
  4. (also intr) to enquire about or request (something): to seek help
  5. to go or resort to: to seek the garden for peace
Etymology: Old English sēcan; related to Old Norse sōkja, Gothic sōkjan, Old High German suohhen, Latin sāgīre to perceive by scent; see beseech

ˈseeker n



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