Definition of second verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

second2

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkɒnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they second
BrE BrE//ˈkɒnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnd//
 
he / she / it seconds
BrE BrE//sɪˈkɒndz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkɑːndz//
 
past simple seconded
BrE BrE//sɪˈkɒndɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkɑːndɪd//
 
past participle seconded
BrE BrE//sɪˈkɒndɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkɑːndɪd//
 
-ing form seconding
BrE BrE//sɪˈkɒndɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈkɑːndɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] second somebody (from something) (to something) (especially British English) to send an employee to another department, office, etc. in order to do a different job for a short period of time Each year two teachers are seconded to industry for six months. Word Origin early 19th cent.: from French en second ‘in the second rank (of officers)’.