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    Look for, search for, seek.

    Hello,
    is there any significant semantic difference between verbs such as look for, search for and seek?
    Are there any examples showing that each of them might be more suitable in a certain context rather than the other.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Look for, search for, seek.

    Welcome to the forums. Please provide some example sentences showing how you want to use them.
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    Re: Look for, search for, seek.

    Thank you!
    Well i was wondering if in general they mean slighlty different things.

    For example if i say:

    "I am looking for a job" or "I am seeking (searching for) a job"

    Do they mean exactly the same thing? Also maybe one of them is more proper or more to be used in a more formal/informal
    context. Or are they just simple synonims?

    Thanks

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    Re: Look for, search for, seek.

    Quote Originally Posted by lorenzob1993 View Post
    Thank you!
    Well, ​I was wondering if, in general, they mean slighlty slightly different things.

    For example, if should I say "I am looking for a job" or "I am seeking (searching for) a job"?

    Do they mean exactly the same thing? Also, maybe one of them is more proper or more to be used in a more formal/informal. context. Or are they just simple synonyms?

    Thanks.
    I am looking for a job.
    I am searching for a job.
    I am seeking a job.

    They all mean the same. The first is the most common and natural. The second is OK. The third isn't heard commonly in BrE, even though someone who is looking for a job is called a "job-seeker".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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