Academic Word List – Sublist 2 (group 23)

Seek’ is a more formal way of saying ‘look for.’ The simple past tense version is ‘sought.’ We can seek a person, we can seek assistance, advice, revenge and a range of other things.


  • Many people in the world are seeking refuge in another country.
  • She sought refuge from the storm.
  • Did you seek advice on which course to study?

Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
severely restrict, restriction to, restricted by, restricted from
security for, national security, threat to security, security alert
actively seek
select few, carefully select, selection of
the site of, the site where

Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (

AWL Sublist 2, group 23

Vocabulary for IELTS – Academic Word List 2:23

Complete the sentences below with the correct form of the word.

  1. I don’t know how the burglar got in; all of the doors and windows were _______________ closed.  (site, secure)
  2. There’s a great _______________ of phones at the new shop. (select, secure)
  3. If you don’t know what do to, you should  _______________ advice.  (seek, restrict)
  4. Some areas are  ______________ to adults only.  (restrict, seek)
  5.  _______________ of the crime has been roped off by police. (select, site)

Answers (in the wrong order below)
5. site   3. seek    1. securely    4. restricted    2. selection

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