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.]

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  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. Phaedrus:

    The mind ought sometimes to be diverted, that it may return the better to thinking.

  2. Rand Paul:

    I do believe people ought to be left alone, i don't care who you are or what you do at home or who your friends are or what, you know, where you hang out, what kind of music you listen to, what you do in your home is your own business. That's always been who I am.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    The willingness to give others a listening ear will automatically make you teacheable and make them your teachers. Listen up, you ought to be teacheable if you've been unteacheable all these while. Because, the more you think you know, the more you will realize that you know less than you even thought that you knew. Besides, no human is an island of his/her own. So, you are expected to be punctual/humble in order to learn from others.

  4. The Republican governor:

    What I think we ought to do is bring the guillotine back, we could have public executions and have, you know, we could even have (guessing) which hole it falls in.

  5. John Paul Stevens:

    If I were running for president, I don't think I would make such a litmus test, even though I think the case ought to be overruled, no doubt about that.

Images & Illustrations of ought

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