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  1. oughtnoun

    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

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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. Harriet Martineau:

    What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?

  2. Carl Bernstein:

    It’s a huge setback. It shows once again that the power of Sen. Manchin, which is so disproportionate to what it ought to be, and Sen. Sinema as well. But what we have here is the interests of the American people in the legislation and is going to go down defeated or not come to fruition.

  3. Ted Cruz:

    We won decisively when we had the leading players behind us, when Marco had the leading players behind him, he couldn't come anywhere close to Donald Trump. That ought to be a real warning sign as to what state exactly is Marco going to win.

  4. Steny Hoyer:

    The voter needs to follow through on their conviction. If they think that they want this legislation, they ought to stop voting for people who oppose it.

  5. Elizabeth Hambourger:

    There are so many problems with the death penalty that are gaining exposure, to want to restart executions at this time seems like the opposite of what we ought to be doing, we should be taking a hard look at it instead.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. articulate
    • B. arbitrary
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