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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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  • The office has come to me unsought; I commence its duties untrammeled.

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

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

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • Money was coming in plentifully, and all the correspondence was unsought.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • His mind had been working on the cruel problem and gave him, unsought, the answer.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It was not likely that such a treasure could remain long unnoticed and unsought after.

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

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • In simple words and unsought rhyme, Give me the songs of olden time.

    Romantic Ballads George Borrow
  • It had come to her unsought, unexpected, and she enjoyed it.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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