seek

seek
W1 [si:k] v past tense and past participle sought [so:t US so:t]
[T]
[: Old English; Origin: secan]
1.) formal to try to achieve or get something
Do you think the President will seek re-election ?
seek refuge/asylum/shelter etc
Thousands of people crossed the border, seeking refuge from the war.
seek revenge/damages/compensation etc
He sought revenge against Surkov for separating him from his wife and son.
seek to do sth
Local schools are seeking to reduce the dropout rate.
attention-seeking/publicity-seeking
2.) seek (sb's) advice/help/assistance etc
formal to ask someone for advice or help
If the symptoms persist, seek medical advice.
3.) written to look for someone or something
= ↑look for
new graduates seeking employment
Attractive woman, 27, seeks male, 25-35, for fun and friendship.
4.) seek your fortune
literary to go to another place hoping to gain success and wealth
Coles came to the Yukon in the 1970s to seek his fortune.
5.) to move naturally towards something or into a particular position
Water seeks its own level.
seek out [seek sb/sth<=>out] phr v
to try to find someone or something, especially when this is difficult
Our mission is to seek out the enemy and destroy them.
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HINT sense 1
In spoken English it is more usual to use look for or try to find.
HINT sense 2
In spoken English it is more usual to use try to get.
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • seek — [ sik ] (past tense and past participle sought [ sɔt ] ) verb transitive *** 1. ) FORMAL to ask for something or try to get something: seek advice/help: Seek medical advice if symptoms last more than a week. seek permission/approval: You must… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Seek — Seek, v. i. To make search or inquiry; to endeavor to make discovery. [1913 Webster] Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read. Isa. xxxiv. 16. [1913 Webster] {To seek}, needing to seek or search; hence, unprepared. Unpracticed, unprepared,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seek — /seek/, v., sought, seeking. v.t. 1. to go in search or quest of: to seek the truth. 2. to try to find or discover by searching or questioning: to seek the solution to a problem. 3. to try to obtain: to seek fame. 4. to try or attempt (usually… …   Universalium

  • seek — [siːk] verb sought PTandPP [sɔːt ǁ sɒːt] [transitive] to try to get or achieve something: • Even while takeover talks were in progress, the company sought other potential buyers. • Benefit claimants are asked to prove they are actively seeking… …   Financial and business terms

  • Seek — Seek, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sought}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Seeking}.] [OE. seken, AS. s[=e]can, s[=e]cean; akin to OS. s[=o]kian, LG. s[ o]ken, D. zoeken, OHG. suohhan, G. suchen, Icel. s[ae]kja, Sw. s[ o]ka, Dan. s[ o]ge, Goth. s[=o]kjan, and E. sake …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seek — may refer to: * Disk seek, in which the read head of a magnetic disk repositions itself. * Seek Limited, an Australian internet job recruitment companyee also* Zero seek * Rent seeking * Job seeking * Goal seeking * * Hide and Seek… …   Wikipedia

  • seek — seek, *search, scour, hunt, comb, ferret out, ransack, rummage are comparable when they mean to look for or go in quest of in the hope of finding. Seek has become widely extended in application and may take as its object either a person or a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • seek — [sēk] vt. sought, seeking [ME seken < OE secan, akin to OS sōkian, Ger suchen, ON sœkja < IE base * sāg , to track down, trace > L sagire, to scent out, perceive] 1. to try to find; search for; look for 2. to go to; resort to [to seek… …   English World dictionary

  • seek — seek; seek·er; seek·er·ism; seek·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • seek — [v1] look for be after, beat the bushes*, bird dog*, bob for, cast about, chase, comb, delve, delve for, dig for, dragnet, explore, fan, ferret out, fish, fish for*, follow, go after, gun for*, hunt, inquire, investigate, leave no stone unturned* …   New thesaurus

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