1. look for and find
seek out new ways of doing things
To seek out something or someone means to search hard for a specific person or thing in order to find it. You can 'seek out information' for example, or 'seek out' the right person for a role you are trying to fill. When you use the phrasal verb speak out in usually refers to looking for something for a long extended period of time. This is a popular phrasal verb that can be used in professional and social contexts.