sought

[ sawt ]
/ sɔt /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of seek.

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OTHER WORDS FROM sought

self-sought, adjectiveun·sought, adjective

Definition for sought (2 of 2)

seek
[ seek ]
/ sik /

verb (used with object), sought, seek·ing.

verb (used without object), sought, seek·ing.

to make inquiry.

Origin of seek

before 900; Middle English seken, Old English sēcan; cognate with German suchen, Old Norse sœkja, Gothic sōkjan; akin to Latin sāgīre to perceive by scent (see presage, sagacity); cf. beseech

OTHER WORDS FROM seek

out·seek, verb (used with object), out·sought, out·seek·ing.re·seek, verb (used with object), re·sought, re·seek·ing.un·seek·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sought (1 of 2)

sought
/ (sɔːt) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of seek

British Dictionary definitions for sought (2 of 2)

seek
/ (siːk) /

verb seeks, seeking or sought (mainly tr)

(when intr, often foll by for or after) to try to find by searching; look forto seek a solution
(also intr) to try to obtain or acquireto seek happiness
to attempt (to do something); tryI'm only seeking to help
(also intr) to enquire about or request (something)to seek help
to go or resort toto seek the garden for peace
an archaic word for explore

Derived forms of seek

seeker, noun

Word Origin for seek

Old English sēcan; related to Old Norse sōkja, Gothic sōkjan, Old High German suohhen, Latin sāgīre to perceive by scent; see beseech
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Idioms and Phrases with sought

seek

see play hide and seek.

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