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Ought

Definition of ought:

part of speech: noun

Same as AUGHT.

part of speech: verb

Imperfect, is under obligation; is fit or necessary.

part of speech: verb

To be under obligation: to be proper or necessary.

part of speech: verb

To be under obligation; be fit, necessary, or proper: used chiefly as a helping verb.

part of speech: noun, adverb

Anything; aught.

Usage examples for ought:

  • I ought not to speak to her. "A Sweet Girl Graduate", Mrs. L.T. Meade.
  • He ought to head back and warn Cranly. "Beyond The Thunder", H. B. Hickey.
  • If not, it ought to be. "Kildares of Storm", Eleanor Mercein Kelly.

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