seek
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seek(
sik
)
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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seek
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (look for; thing lost, job)
a. buscar
2. (friendship, promotion)
a. tratar de conseguir
to seek one's fortunebuscar fortuna
3. (request)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to seek something from somebodypedir algo a alguien
to seek somebody's help/advicepedir ayuda/consejo a alguien
4. (try)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to seek to do somethingprocurar hacer algo
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seek [siːk] sought (past)
transitive verb
1 (look for) [+work, refuge] buscar
They have had to seek work as labourers Four people have sought refuge in the Italian embassy
[+candidate] solicitar
Candidates are urgently sought for the post of Conservative party chairman He went to London to seek fame and fortune
[+honour] ambicionar
he has been sought in many countries se le ha buscado en muchos países
to seek one's fortune
it is much sought after está muy cotizado
to seek death buscar la muerte
the reason is not far to seek no es difícil indicar la causa
to seek shelter (from) buscar abrigo (de)
2 (ask for) pedir; solicitar
to seek advice from sb pedir consejo a algn
the couple sought a second opinion la pareja quiso tener una segunda opinión
Always seek professional legal advice before entering an agreement
3 (attempt)
to seek to do sth tratar de or procurar hacer algo
The prosecutors have warned they will seek the death penalty Haemophiliacs are seeking compensation for being given contaminated blood
Moscow is seeking to slow the growth of Russian inflation
intransitive verb
to seek after or for buscar
either buyers seek after a small number of properties or the market is stagnant Some say that it is unrealistic to seek after ideals in politics He began from that moment to seek for knowledge through his studies of religion The mother roamed the world, seeking for her lost child
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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