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From Middle English outseken, equivalent to out- +‎ seek. Cognate with Dutch uitzoeken (to pick, sort out, investigate), German aussuchen (to choose, select, pick out).


outseek (third-person singular simple present outseeks, present participle outseeking, simple past and past participle outsought)

  1. (transitive) To seek out; actively or diligently search for; investigate; research.
    • 1912, Classical Association (Great Britain), The Classical review: Volume 26:
      [] Who thro' mist and darkness still the truth outsought; []
    • 1987, Building a selling culture:
      [] a selling bank — one that is outseeking and outreaching, one that goes after customers as contrasted with waiting on them.

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