Definitions

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  • v. To try to find; look around; search; meditate.
  • v. To plan; plot; contrive.

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  • v. search anxiously

Etymologies

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From cast (“to try”) +‎ about, see becast. Compare also Old English costian ("to try, examine"). More at cast, costen.

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