SEEK


If you seek something such as help, advice, or the solution to a problem, you try to obtain it.

- I was seeking the help of someone who spoke French.

- Always seek professional legal advice before entering into any agreement.


The past tense and past participle of seek is sought, not 'seeked'.

- Some units and formations sought the earliest opportunity to surrender.

- His views on the war were sought by the American press.


Seek is often used in writing, but you do not normally use it in conversation. Instead of saying that someone 'seeks' something, you usually say that they try to get it or try to find it.

- I tried to get their support for a trade union.

- They tried to find other work.


In modern English, you never say that someone seeks a person or an object. You say that they look for the person or object.

- I've been looking for you all over.

- I looked for it for ages before I found it.


Collins COBUILD English Usage

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FIND



If you find out or discover some information that is difficult to obtain, you succeed in obtaining it.

- Have you found out who killed my husband?

- Police discovered that he was hiding out in London.


You can also say that someone finds out facts that are easy to obtain.

- I found out the train times.


Be Careful!

Don't say that someone 'discovers' facts that are easy to obtain.


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SEARCH


1. to look through (a place, area, etc.) carefully in order to find something missing or lost.

2. to examine (a person, object, etc.) carefully in order to find something concealed.


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