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Definition of seek verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they seek
    he / she / it seeks
    past simple sought
    -ing form seeking
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to look for something or someone seek something/somebody Drivers are advised to seek alternative routes.
  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 someone 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 neighbor.
  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 behavior Voluntary work can provide a framework for job-seeking. see also heat-seeking, self-seeking see also hide-and-seek
  6. Idioms
    seek your fortune (literary)
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    to try to find a way to become rich, especially by going to another place Many moved to California to seek their fortune.
    Phrasal Verbsseek somebody/something out
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: seek