The word “seek” can be a bit of a confusing one. However, it doesn’t have to be. There is a bit of debate around whether you seek something or seek for something. But today, we’ll be ending all the confusion by telling you whether you seek gold or seek for gold.
We’ll also be looking at whether or not it matters, what “seek” means, and where “sought” comes into all of this. By the end of the article, you’ll know all you have to about “seek”.
Is it “seek” or “seek for”?
“Seek” is correct. “Seek for” is incorrect. This is because “seek” means “search for”. So to say “seek for” is just like saying “Search for for”.
What does “seek” mean?
When you “seek” something, you make an attempt to find it. For example, if you say you’re going to “seek the lost sock”, you are saying that you will attempt to find this last sock, although you might fail.
It can also mean attempt to achieve. So if I were to “seek world peace”, I would be doing all I could to try and get world peace.
And finally, to “seek” can also mean to ask for something from someone. So I might “seek help” or “seek answers”.
But all definitions of “seek” could be summarised as “trying to get or find”.
6 Examples of “seek”
“These women just seek self aggrandisement, you could barely imagine them raising kids properly.”
“Pair content with your current interests and or the problem you seek to solve from your current position in life and its context.”
“The girl is mental-she needs to be removed and seek help before she hurts somebody.”
“If ur a grown ass adult and a workplace bully, seek help.”
“The good people of Palatine can seek refuge in the Afro-futurist utopia of Wauconda.”
“Hi Atiku I am from Brazil and I seek sponsorship for a beauty trade in your country.”
6 Examples of incorrect “seek for”- these Tweeters need a slap on the wrist!
“You guys need to work on ur self worth…you all should know that u don’t need validation from anyone and don’t even seek for one.”
“If they all put in just a little effort. To seek for investors and funds to help build our local communities, it will go a long way to help.”
“You can be insecure AND seek for attention at the same time.”
“Maybe we seek for something that we couldn’t ever have.”
“Seek for wisdom, knowledge and understanding.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
Does it matter if you say “seek for” rather than “seek”?
We’ve already spoken about what the rule is. However, another critical question is, “how important is this?”
The answer is not very. In English and every other language, people break the rules all the time. If you do end up saying “seek for”, for whatever reason, it’s not the end of the world. You’re not trying to impress your English teacher. You’re trying to get your ideas from one person to another person.
So long as the person you’re speaking to understands what you’re saying, there is no harm in getting English wrong sometimes.
The differences between Seek, Sought, and Seeking
As well as “seek”, there are other related words. “Sought” and “Seeking”. And let me tell you now, “seeked” is not a real word.
In the past tense, the word is “sought”. “When I was younger, I sought rare baseball cards”.
In the present continuous, the word is “seeking”. “I am currently seeking rare baseball cards”.
In the present perfect tense, say “seek”. “I seek rare baseball cards on the weekend”.
If you’re doing it right now, it’s present continuous. If it’s something you do regularly but not right now, it’s present perfect.
And in the future, the correct term is “seek”. “I will seek rare baseball cards when I have the money”.
Synonyms for “seek”
If all of this is just a bit too confusing for you, don’t worry, there are plenty of other ways to say “seek”.
- delve for
- dig for
- fish for
- sniff out
- track down
- look high and low
- leave no stone unturned
- beat the bushes
- aspire to
- have a go at
- find out