Quick answer
"Look for" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "buscar", and "seek" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "buscar". Learn more about the difference between "look for" and "seek" below.
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to seek)
a. buscar
Will you help me look for my glasses?¿Me ayudas a buscar mis lentes?
2. (to hope for)
a. esperar
I was looking for some recognition for my contributions to the project.Esperaba algún reconocimiento por mi aporte al proyecto.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to look for)
a. buscar
The prime minister sent envoys to seek allies.El primer ministro envió emisarios a buscar aliados.
2. (to ask for)
a. pedir
It is not too late to seek help.No es demasiado tarde para pedir ayuda.
3. (to try)
a. intentar
Napoleon sought to conquer all of Europe.Napoleón intentaba conquistar toda Europa.
b. tratar
They are seeking to prevent the spread of the disease.Están tratando de impedir que se extienda la epidemia.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to search; used with "for")
a. buscar
I feel as if I've been seeking for you all my life.Siento que te he estado buscando toda la vida.
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