- 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 [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 [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[intransitive] seek to do something to try to do something synonym attempt They quickly sought to distance themselves from the protesters.
- 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 Word Origin Old English sēcan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zieken and German suchen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sagire
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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//