Definitions for oughtɔt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ought*ɔt

  1. (used to express duty or moral obligation):

    Every citizen ought to help.

  2. (used to express justice, moral rightness, or the like):

    He ought to be punished.

  3. (used to express propriety, appropriateness, etc.):

    We ought to bring her some flowers.

  4. (used to express probability or natural consequence):

    That ought to be our train now.

  5. (n.)duty or obligation.

* auxiliary verb..

Origin of ought:

bef. 900; ME ought, aught, OE āhte, past tense of āgan to owe

oughtɔt(n.; adv.)

  1. Ref: aught1. 1

oughtɔt(n.)

  1. Ref: aught2. 2

Wiktionary

  1. ought(Noun)

    cipher, zero, nought.

  2. Origin: ahte, past tense of agan

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ought' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2070

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ought' in Written Corpus Frequency: #675

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ought' in Verbs Frequency: #339


Translations for ought

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ought(verb)

used to indicate duty; should

You ought to help them; He oughtn't to have done that.

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