Meaning of “seek” in the English Dictionary

"seek" in English

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uk /siːk/ us /siːk/ sought, sought formal

seek verb (SEARCH)

B2 [ T ] to try to find or get something, especially something that is not a physical object:

"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 further action.

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suffix uk / -siː.kɪŋ/ us / -siː.kɪŋ/

A lot of bad behaviour is attention-seeking on the part of mixed-up kids.

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(Definition of “seek” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"seek" in American English

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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 health care.

[ T ] If you seek advice/approval/help/permission, you ask for it:

They suggested she seek advice from the legal department.

seek verb (TRY)

[ + to infinitive ] to try or attempt:

They sought to reassure people that their homes 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 /siːk/ us sought, sought formal

to try to find or get something:

seek to do sth The investment objective of the fund is to seek to achieve long-term growth.
The unemployment rate among disabled people seeking work stands at 19%.

(Definition of “seek” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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They must, furthermore, seek to implement means for the protection of personal data in the second and third pillars too at the earliest possible opportunity.
We see it as a reference point only, not as anything that we will not seek to change when it comes to our committee.
We are being up front with our praise and you may be sure that we shall seek to exercise strict control in the future.
We have to seek equality of opportunity; we have to seek a legal framework and a liberalising framework, within which we all have fair and balanced opportunities.
Obviously, we must differentiate between withdrawing freedoms and controls, particularly at borders, which, within the framework of our democratic values, seek to preserve our freedoms.
We think it is important to seek a differentiated approach to preventive consumer protection by achieving an understanding of the facts and without panicking.
I would ask those who would seek to use this specific issue in order to criticise public enterprises to measure well the responsibilities of all those concerned.
We voted in favour of all the amendments which seek to strengthen safety both for the staff of airlines, airports and companies based in airports, and for air passengers.
How can we therefore fail to agree with a number of proposals, which are declarations of intent that seek to make the programming system more efficient?
In such cases we seek to use the instruments available to us to exert pressure in a timely and effective way.

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