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Etymology 1

Old English āhte, past tense of āgan (own, possess)

Verb

ought

  1. (obsolete) Simple past of owe.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 182:
      witnesse Aristippus, who being urged with the affection he ought his children, as proceeding from his loynes, began to spit [...].

Verb

Infinitive
to ought

Third person singular
ought

Simple past
ought

Past participle
ought

Present participle
ought

to ought (third-person singular simple present ought, present participle ought, simple past and past participle ought)
  1. (auxiliary) Indicating duty or obligation.
    You ought to vote in the coming election.
  2. (auxiliary) Indicating advisability or prudence.
    You ought to stand back from the edge of the platform.
  3. (auxiliary) Indicating desirability.
    You ought to have seen the film; it was very good.
  4. (auxiliary) Indicating likelihood or probability.
    You ought to arrive by noon if you take the motorway.
Usage notes
  • Ought is an auxiliary verb; it takes a following verb as its complement. This verb may be appear either as a full infinitive (such as "to go") or a bare infinitive (such as simple "go"), depending on region and speaker; the same range of meanings is possible in either case. Additionally, it's possible for ought not to take any complement, in which case a verb complement is implied, as in, "You really ought to [do so]."
  • The negative of ought is either ought not (to) or oughtn't (to)
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Translations

Pronoun

ought

  1. Alternative spelling of aught. anything

Adverb

ought (not comparable)

Positive
ought

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Alternative spelling of aught. at all, to any degree.

See also

References

Etymology 2

Noun

Singular
ought

Plural
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ought ({{{1}}})
  1. Alternative spelling of aught. cipher, zero.

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