seek - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleseeking
past tensesought
past participlesought
  1. 1
    formal to ask for something, or to try to get something
    seek advice/help:

    Seek medical advice if symptoms last more than a week.

    seek refuge/asylum:

    Hundreds of people sought refuge in the British Embassy.

    seek permission/approval:

    You must first seek permission before publishing their names.

    1. a.
      to ask for something from a law court
      seek compensation/damages/redress:

      The boy’s parents are seeking damages from the health authority.

      seek an injunction:

      Colbak sought an injunction to force Bell to change the ads.

    2. b.
      to ask people to vote for something
      seek re-election:

      The Mayor will not seek re-election.

  2. 2
    formal to try to find something or someone that you need in your life

    To be eligible, you must show that you are actively seeking employment.

    Many single people are seeking that special someone.

    1. a.
      mainly literary to try to find something such as an answer or a reason

      I think he was seeking some meaning in his life.

      We do not always find what we seek.

phrasal verbs