Origin of oftMiddle English from OE, akin to German oft, Danish ofte, Swedish ofta, Gothic ufta
Oft is defined as short for often.
An example of oft is a poem referencing a voice often heard; the oft-heard voice.
Often. Often used in combination: his oft-expressed philosophy; oft-repeated tales.
Origin of oftMiddle English from Old English; see upo in Indo-European roots.
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- This one was oft repeated and rankled her whenever she heard it.
- They both spoke as if what said was oft repeated.
- We tackle our work; professionally and without rancor to one another in spite of a pall of indecision that oft times seeps in like a chill from a leaky window frame.
- No doubt they are subsequently guided to higher excellence and effectiveness with the experience gained in their oft-repeated performance.
- "2 The charter provided that " such other branches of science and knowledge may be embraced in the plan of instruction and investigation pertaining to the university as the trustees may deem useful and proper," and Ezra Cornell expressed his own ideal in the oft-quoted words: " I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."