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[sawt] /sɔt/
simple past tense and past participle of seek.
Related forms
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
  • In simple words and unsought rhyme, Give me the songs of olden time.

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

  • It had come to her unsought, unexpected, and she enjoyed it.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • 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.

  • What did it avail that this or that woman should declare she was unsought?

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • But certainly here is no danger that her love should unsought be won.

  • Rosemary's eyes filled at the thought of Aunt Matilda, unloved and unsought.

  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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