What does ought mean?

Definitions for oughtɔt

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Wiktionary

  1. ought(Noun)

    cipher, zero, nought.

  2. Origin: ahte, past tense of agan

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ought

    awt, n. (same as Aught) a vulgar corr. of nought.—adv. (Scot.) Ought′lings, at all, in any degree.

  2. Ought

    awt, v.i. to be under obligation: to be proper or necessary.—n. Ought′ness, rightness. [A.S. áhte, pa.t. of ágan, to owe.]

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ought in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ought in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aristotle:

    To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.

  2. Johann von Goethe:

    If your treat an individual ... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

  3. Saint Thomas Aquinas:

    Three things are necessary for the salvation of man to know what he ought to believe to know what he ought to desire and to know what he ought to do.

  4. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Two Precepts of Charity:

    Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    Our Democratic friends want to spend more on everything. We'd like to spend more on defense. And so there will be a sort of grand negotiation here in the fall between the two sides over just how big the discretionary budget of the United States government ought to be and how it ought to be spent.

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