ge-sécan
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Weak
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ge-sécan
-sécean; to -sǽcanne, -sécenne; part. -sécende, ic -séce, ðú -sécest, -sécst, he -séceþ, -sécþ, pl. -sécaþ; p. -sóhte, pl. -sóhton; pp. -sóht; v. a. I. to seek, inquire, ask for; quærere, requirere, inquirere Ne mæg ic aldornere míne gesécan I cannot seek my life's safety, Cd. 103; Th. 136, 30; Gen. 2514. Gif he gesécean dear wíg if he dare seek war, Beo. Th. 1373; B. 684. Heó mynster gesóhte monasterium petiit, Bd. 4, 19; S. 588, 5. Hie ðæs cnihtes cwealm gesóhton they sought the young man's death, Andr. Kmbl. 2244; An. 1123: Ps. Th. 70, 22. Ðæt ealra witegena blód sý gesóht fram ðysse cneórysse ut inquiratur sanguis omnium prophetarum a generatione ista, Lk. Bos. 11, 50. II. to seek, go to, approach, look for, visit, come to; adire, ire vel proficisci, aliquo vel ad aliquem, visitare, venire, pervenire aliquo Wile nú ge-sécan sáwla nergend gǽsta giefstól now the saviour of souls will seek the spirits' throne of grace, Exon. 16 a; Th. 36, 4; Cri. 571: Bd. 1, 23; 23; S. 485, 33: 3, 23; S. 554, 11. Nǽnig heora þohte ðæt he scolde eft eardlufan ǽfre gesécean not one of them thought that he should ever seek his loved home again, Beo. Th. 1389; B. 692. Land swíðe feor to gesécanne the land is very far to seek, Andr. Kmbl. 847; An. 424: Beo. Th. 3848; B. 1922. Ðonne ic ðas ilcan óðre síþe wíc geséce when I seek this same dwelling a second time, Cd. 109; Th. 144, 23; Gen. 2394. He óðer líf eft geséceþ he shall seek another life hereafter, Cd. 218; Th. 277, 30; Sat. 212: Salm. Kmbl. 316; Sal. 157: Exon. 97 a; Th. 361, 34; Wal. 29. Nales Dryhtnes gemynd siððan gesécaþ they shall not seek the Lord's remembrance afterwards, 30 b; Th. 94, 10; Cri. 1538. He gesóhte Súþ-Dena folc he sought the people of the South-Danes, Beo. Th. 930; B. 463: Cd. 128; Th. 163,13; Gen. 2697: Andr. Kmbl. 759; An. 380. Hie gesóhton Sennera feld they sought the plains of Shinar, Cd. 80; Th. 100, 22; Gen. 1668; 111; Th. 146, 20; Gen. 2425. Ðæt land geséc ðe ic ðé ýwan wille seek the land which I will show to thee, 83; Th. 105, 9; Gen. 1750: Cot. 3. III. to seek with hostile intention, to persecute, afflict, invade; hostiliter aggredi, invadere, corripere Gif úre fýnd us mid gefeohte gesécaþ if our enemies make war upon us, Ex. 1, 10. Eorringa geséceþ bócstafa brego the prince of letters shall angrily seek him, Salm. Kmbl. 198; Sal. 98: Beo. Th. 5024; B. 2515. Ðæt he ðone wíd-flogan weorode gesóhte that he should seek the dragon [wide-flier] with a host, 4682; B. 2346. Geáta leóde gesóhton Gúþscilfingas the people of the Goths sought the warlike Scylfings, 5845; B. 2926: 4414; B. 2204. Gesóht; pp. Exon. 47 b; Th. 163, 11; Gú. 992: 49 b; Th. 170, 27; Gú. 1118. Hí scyndan sárum gesóhte they hastened forth sought with wounds, Exon. 72 b; Th. 271, 30; Jul. 490: 46 b; Th. 159, 21; Gú. 930: 47 b; Th. 163, 33; Gú. 1003. IV. to seek; go to, visit; ire, proficisci Ðú scealt síþe gesécan ðǽr sylfǽtan eard weardigaþ thou shall seek in a journey where the cannibals defend the land, Andr. Kmbl. 349; An. 175. We ðé willaþ ferigan freólíce to ðam lande ðǽr ðé lust myneþ to gesécanne we will freely convey thee to the land which desire urges thee to seek, 589; An. 295. Ðǽr mín hyht myneþ to gesécenne there my hope thinketh to visit, Exon. 48 b; Th. 167, 18; Gú. 1062. Ðæt him to móde sorg gesóhte that to his mind should come care, 37 b; Th. 123, 19; Gú. 325. V. to appoint, dispose, beset; exigere, disponere Hæfdon æglǽcan sæcce gesóhte the wretches had appointed hostilities, Andr. Kmbl. 2265; An. 1134. Ðæt he mid áþsware to Abrahame, and to Isaac, eác gesóhte quod disposuit ad Abraham, et juramenti sui ad Isaac, Ps. Th. 104, 9. Synne gesóhte beset with sin, Exon. 74 b; Th. 280, 4; Jul. 624. DER. sécan.
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