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English definition of “seek”


verb [I + to infinitive] (TRY)    /siːk/ (sought, sought) formal
C2 to try or attempt: They sought to reassure the public.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of seek verb (TRY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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