What is the difference between seeking an answer and seeking for an answer?

I found an ngram which says that seeking an answer is used much more often compared to seeking for an answer but how about the meaning? Do these two expressions mean the same?

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'For' is implied by 'seeking' and therefore redundant.

In 'searching an answer,' 'for' is not implied and should be added.

One of those English mysteries, I guess.

  • Thanks Glasseyed, it makes sence. The ngram seems to show that the current usage of 'for' became redundant. Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 15:24
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    "sense," not "sence":-) Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 17:30

'Seeking an answer' since 'seeking ' means 'looking for'.


This is covered in this good dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Remember: Seek is not usually followed by a preposition.

NOT: I went to the beach seeking for peace and fresh air.

Correct: I went to the beach seeking peace and fresh air.

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