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Meaning of “seek” in the English Dictionary

"seek" in British English

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seekverb

uk   us   /siːk/ (sought, sought) formal
  • seek verb (SEARCH)

B2 [T] to ​try to ​find or get something, ​especially something that is not a ​physicalobject: "Are you ​actively seeking ​jobs?" she ​asked. Hundreds of ​dissidents are seeking ​refuge/​asylum in the US ​embassy.B2 [T] to ​ask for ​advice, ​help, ​approval, ​permission, etc.: Legal ​advice should be sought before you take any ​furtheraction.

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  • seek verb (TRY)

C2 [I + to infinitive] to ​try or ​attempt: They sought toreassure the ​public.

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-seeking
suffix uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
A lot of ​badbehaviour is attention-seeking on the ​part of ​mixed-upkids.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of seek from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"seek" in American English

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seekverb

 us   /sik/ (past tense and past participle sought  /sɔt/ )
  • seek verb (SEARCH)

[T] to ​search for something or ​try to ​find or ​obtain something: She is ​actively seeking ​work. The ​government is seeking ​ways to ​reduce the ​cost of ​healthcare. [T] If you seek ​advice/​approval/​help/​permission, you ​ask for it: They ​suggested she seek ​advice from the ​legaldepartment.
  • seek verb (TRY)

[+ to infinitive] to ​try or ​attempt: They sought to ​reassurepeople that ​theirhomes would be ​safe from the ​flood.
(Definition of seek from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"seek" in Business English

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seekverb [T]

uk   us   /siːk/ (sought, sought) formal
to ​try to ​find or get something: seek ​advice/​helpseek to do sth The ​investmentobjective of the ​fund is to seek to ​achievelong-termgrowth. The ​unemploymentrate among ​disabledpeople seeking ​workstands at 19%.
(Definition of seek from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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