1 [transitive, intransitive] to look for something/somebodyseek something/somebody Drivers are advised to seek alternative routes.seek for something/somebody (British English) They sought in vain for somewhere to shelter.2 [transitive, intransitive] seek (something) to try to obtain or achieve somethingto seek funding for a projectHighly qualified secretary seeks employment. (= in an advertisement)He intends to seek custody of the children.We are currently seeking new ways of expanding our membership.3 [transitive] to ask somebody for somethingseek something I think it's time we sought legal advice.seek something from somebody She managed to calm him down and seek help from a neighbour.4 [intransitive] seek to do something to try to do something
SynonymattemptThey quickly sought to distance themselves from the protesters.5 -seeking (in adjectives and nouns) looking for or trying to get the thing mentioned; the activity of doing thisattention-seeking behaviourVoluntary work can provide a framework for job-seeking. see also heat-seeking, self-seeking see also hide-and-seek
seek your fortune(literary) to try to find a way to become rich, especially by going to another placeMany emigrated to Australia to seek their fortune.