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Choice words: look for / seek / search for

The topic of the next article in the category of «The vocabulary of the English language» was the choice of the word «seek», which is represented by three-synonymous verbs. It should be noted that each of those words in the language is widely used, however the use of each of them should not cause difficulties, especially since often the words may be used interchangeably.

Choice words: look for / seek / search for — in the sense of «to seek, search, look for»

We resort to the use of these three verbs when we want to say that looking for something. However, the search process can be different, as well as the goals we are pursuing at the same time. Let’s examine each of the shades of meaning of these words.

The first verb look for (which is a phrase) takes as synonyms of the verb seek, when used for its intended purpose — to find (someone or something), to look, to look for.

She is looking for her husband. — She is looking for her husband.

I’m looking for a job. — I’m looking for a job.

Most often used in the verb seek, if we are talking about an inanimate object. And in this context — with the help of «looking for» any concrete or abstract objects (phenomena). But the «Search» animated face, too, have a place to be. If we add to this verb the word out, the translation will be additional set-top box — to seek, to find.

Ann is going to seek her fortune in Australia. — Anna is sent to try his luck in Australia.

I will seek you out wherever you may hide yourself. — I will find you, wherever you are hiding.

Those who seek will find. — The one who searches will find.

We did not expect the weather to change so soon that’s why we had to seek shelter form the rain under a tree. — We did not think that the weather changes so quickly, so we had to seek shelter from the rain under a tree.

Our third synonym search for semantic filling closer to the verb seek for, because it is also important «to seek, to seek, to find,» but with a different shade. Typically, using this word, we are trying to say that we searched, considered; we were trying to find something, and this was investigated and inspect. Sometimes there is a negative connotation — a fumble, rummage, to penetrate.

They were searched at the airport. — They passed inspection at the airport.

I’ve searched my flat but I can not find that ring. — I searched the entire apartment, but can not find the ring.

Doctors are searching for new treatment. — Doctors are looking for a new treatment.

Note the difference between search and search for. If you say I search a place or person, you mean someone scours or explore any place in search of something. If in the course of the search for, you emphasize that busy looking for someone or something in the full sense of the word. Compare:

I searched the bedroom for my watch. — I searched the bedroom, trying to find his watch.

I searched for my watch. — I was looking watch.



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