What does ought mean?

Definitions for ought
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Wiktionary

  1. ought(Noun)

    cipher, zero, nought.

    Etymology: 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

How to pronounce ought?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say ought in sign language?

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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

Examples of ought in a Sentence

  1. Bill Robles:

    The girls would have outbursts. He would have occasional outbursts. They would all do the same thing and copy him. One time they removed him from the courtroom and put him a holding cell, behind a locked door with a little screen, at one point he was agitated and (said) something to the effect of 'Somebody ought to cut your head off, judge' ... And before you knew it, Bingo! He was leaping toward the judge. The bailiff tackled him in midair.

  2. Marquis de Sade:

    Sex is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other.

  3. William Jennings Bryan:

    I can not wish you success in your effort to reject the treaty because while it may win the fight it may destroy our cause. My plan cannot fail if the people are with us and we ought not to succeed unless we do have the people with us.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Ungratefulness is a habitual act of being unappreciative or unthankful for something done for oneself or for someone else. Have you been ungrateful or grateful all the while? However, you should be grateful to everyone for everything. But most importantly, you ought to be more grateful to God (Almighty) from whom all blessings flow. Moreover, every good and perfect thing you have at your possession now came from him (James 1:17). Although, he gave them to you through humans. Nevertheless, regardless of any intermediary involved. You've got to be grateful to him (God). For, without him in your life, work, career, business and what have you? You cannot and will never be successful. So come on, be grateful to God at all times. Because, it pays to be grateful. -Emeasoba George

  5. Henry Ford:

    Asking 'Who ought to be the boss' is like asking 'Who ought to be the tennor in the quartet' Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.

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