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

        

    seek

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    verb
    BrE BrE//siːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːk//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they seek
    BrE BrE//siːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːk//
     
    he / she / it seeks
    BrE BrE//siːks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːks//
     
    past simple sought
    BrE BrE//sɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːt//
     
    past participle sought
    BrE BrE//sɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːt//
     
    -ing form seeking
    BrE BrE//ˈsiːkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to look for something/somebody seek something/somebody Drivers are advised to seek alternative routes. seek for something/somebody (British English) They sought in vain for somewhere to shelter.
  2. 2  [transitive, intransitive] seek (something) to try to obtain or achieve something to seek funding for a project Highly qualified secretary seeks employment. (= in an advertisement) He intends to seek custody of the children. We are currently seeking new ways of expanding our membership.
  3. 3  [transitive] to ask somebody for something seek something I think it's time we sought legal advice. seek something from somebody She managed to calm him down and seek help from a neighbour.
  4. 4[intransitive] seek to do something to try to do something synonym attempt They quickly sought to distance themselves from the protesters.
  5. 5-seeking (in adjectives and nouns) looking for or trying to get the thing mentioned; the activity of doing this attention-seeking behaviour Voluntary work can provide a framework for job-seeking. see also heat-seeking, hide-and-seek, rent-seeking, self-seeking
  6. Word Origin Old English sēcan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zieken and German suchen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sagire ‘perceive by scent’.Extra examples He was desperately seeking a way to see her again. Jobs in Paris are highly sought after. The developer is currently seeking funding for the project. They initially sought to blame others for the disaster. We sought in vain for a solution. We’re seeking for alternative materials which might bring the cost down. people who are unemployed and actively seeking work the answers she sought in those books Employers are seeking further clarification of the proposals. He admired her ability to seek out bargains. He encouraged governments to adopt a more forceful approach in seeking to improve the environment. I advise you to seek assistance from the police. I think you should seek guidance from your lawyer on this matter. It is best to seek a compromise rather than a perfect solution. Lawyers are seeking an out-of-court settlement. Police are seeking witnesses to the accident. She fled the country and is now seeking asylum in Sweden. The police are seeking independent confirmation of certain details of the story. The research project will seek to find an answer to this question. The state has actively sought to develop tourism. They are now seeking endorsement for their ideas. They sought comfort in each other. They sought refuge in the mountain villages. To receive the benefit, you have to be actively seeking work.Idioms (literary) to try to find a way to become rich, especially by going to another place Many emigrated to Australia to seek their fortune. Phrasal Verbsseek somebody out
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