Aught meaning

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The digit zero.
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(archaic) At all, in any degree, in any respect.
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Anything whatever.

For aught I know.

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A zero.
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Anything whatever.
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To any degree; at all.
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Anything whatever, any part.
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Whit, the smallest part, iota.
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(archaic) Zero.
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The digit zero as the decade in years. For example, aught-nine for 1909 or 2009.
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To owe, be obliged or obligated to.
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Possessed of.
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The definition of aught is another way of saying anything or anything at all.

An example of usage of the word aught is to say, “I don't suppose you know anything at all about this stain on the carpet?”

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the aughts
  • The numbers or years, as of a century, from zero through nine.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the aughts

Origin of aught

  • Middle English from Old English āuht aiw- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From an aught alteration of a naught naught
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English aught, ought, from Old English āht, from ā (“always", "ever”) + wiht (“thing", "creature”). More at aye, wight
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English aught, ought, from Old English ǣht, from āgan (“to owe", "to own”)
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English ahte, from Old English eahta (“eight”). More at eight.
    From Wiktionary