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[sawt] /sɔt/
simple past tense and past participle of seek.
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self-sought, adjective
unsought, adjective Unabridged
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  • No exultant vanity within him rejoiced at the knowledge that, unsought, she had learned to care for him.

    The Jungle Girl Gordon Casserly
  • The office has come to me unsought; I commence its duties untrammeled.

  • I wrote him, and enclosed a stamped and addressed envelope, as all unsought contributors should do.

  • She was old, plain, unsought; the man she exalted was the flower of his kind.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • He knew that it was dangerous to have any share in the little box when working or dormant; for unsought Love is a terrible gift.

  • Indeed, there is no lack of warmth in the caress which greets me, just because it is unsought by others.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • But certainly here is no danger that her love should unsought be won.

  • unsought by him, unclaimed, in every common sense a stranger to him—how could she belong to him?

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • Sarrion went down to the verandah to entertain the unsought guest.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for unsought


the past tense and past participle of seek
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Word Origin and History for unsought

early 13c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of seek. Cf. Middle Dutch ongesocht, Dutch ongezocht, Middle High German ungesuochet, German ungesucht.


past tense and past participle of seek, from Old English sohte. Sought-after is from 1881 (sought-for in same sense is from c.1600).

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