Seek vs Look – What’s the difference?

Seek vs Look - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between seek and look is that seek is (lb) to try to find, to look for, to search while look is to try to see, to pay attention to with one’s eyes. As a noun look is the action of looking, an attempt to see.




  • (lb) To try to find, to look for, to search.
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    , passage=Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus.

  • (label) To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
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  • *Bible, (w) xi. 16
  • *:Others, tempting him, sought of him a sign.
  • *1960 , (Lobsang Rampa), :
  • *:“My, my! It is indeed a long way yet, look you!” said the pleasant woman of whom I sought directions.
  • (lb) To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.
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  • *1880 , , :
  • *:But persecution sought the lives of men of this character.
  • *1886 , Constantine Popoff, translation of (Leo Tolstoy)’s :
  • *:I can no longer seek fame or glory, nor can I help trying to get rid of my riches, which separate me from my fellow-creatures.
  • *
  • *:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes.She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
  • To go, move, travel (in a given direction).
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  • *, Bk.V:
  • *:Ryght so he sought towarde Sandewyche where he founde before hym many galyard knyghtes
  • (lb) To try to reach or come to; to go to; to resort to.
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  • *:Seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
  • *1726 (tr.), (Alexander Pope), ”(Homer)’s (Odyssey), Book II, line 33
  • *:Since great Ulysses sought the Phrygian plains
  • Quotations


    * look for
    * search

    Derived terms

    * (l)
    * (l)
    * (l)
    * (l)
    * (l)




    (en verb )

  • To try to see, to pay attention to with one’s eyes.
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  • *
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    , passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady.

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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp
    , passage=He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan’s, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.}}

  • To appear, to seem.
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  • *170? , (Joseph Addison), Remarks on Several Parts of Italy, &c. , Dedication
  • *:but should I publish any favours done me by your Lordship, I am afraid it would look more like vanity than gratitude.
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  • *:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one’s dreams.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=2 citation
    , passage=Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.}}

  • *2012 , Chelsea 6-0 Wolves
  • *:Chelsea’s youngsters, who looked lively throughout, then combined for the second goal in the seventh minute. Romeu’s shot was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Dorus De Vries but Piazon kept the ball alive and turned it back for an unmarked Bertrand to blast home.
  • (lb) To give an appearance of being.
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  • To search for, to try to find.
  • To face or present a view.
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  • *Bible, (w) xi. 1
  • *:the east gatewhich looketh eastward
  • To expect or anticipate.
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  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:looking each hour into death’s mouth to fall
  • (lb) To express or manifest by a look.
  • *(Lord Byron) (1788-1824)
  • *:Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again.
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  • To make sure of, to see to.
  • *1898 , (Homer), (Samuel Butler) (translator),
  • *:”Look to it yourself, father,” answered Telemachus, “for they say you are the wisest counsellor in the world, and that there is no other mortal man who can compare with you.
  • To show oneself in looking.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:My toes look through the overleather.
  • To look at; to turn the eyes toward.
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  • *:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes..
  • To seek; to search for.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:Looking my love, I go from place to place.
  • To expect.
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  • To influence, overawe, or subdue by looks or presence.
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  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:A spirit fit to start into an empire, / And look the world to law.
  • (senseid)(lb) To look at a pitch as a batter without swinging at it.
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  • Hyponyms

    * stare
    * gaze

    Derived terms

    * look about
    * look after
    * look around
    * look at
    * look away
    * look back
    * look down on
    * look down upon
    * look for
    * look forward
    * look forward to
    * look in on
    * look into
    * look on
    * look out
    * look out for
    * look over
    * look through
    * look to
    * look up
    * look up to
    * look upon
    * forelook
    * lookalike, look-alike
    * look alive
    * lookee
    * looker
    * lookit
    * look lively
    * lookout, look-out
    * look-see
    * look before you leap
    * look down one’s nose
    * look daggers at
    * look here
    * look oneself
    * look sharp
    * look somebody in the eye
    * look the other way
    * look what the cat’s brought in
    * mislook
    * onlooker
    * overlook
    * relook
    * underlook


    (en noun )

  • The action of looking, an attempt to see.
  • (label) Physical appearance, visual impression.
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  • A facial expression.
  • Derived terms

    * have a look
    * if looks could kill
    * lookist
    * outlook
    * relook