Ought definitions

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To any degree; at all; aught.
adverb
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Obligation or duty.
noun
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Anything whatever; aught.
noun
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A nought; the figure zero (0)
noun
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To be compelled by obligation or duty.

He ought to pay his debts.

verb
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To be bound by what is advisable or wise.

I ought to wear a warmer coat today.

verb
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To be desirable.

You ought to meet us for dinner sometime.

verb
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To be expected or likely.

It ought to be over soon.

verb
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Used to indicate obligation or duty.

You ought to work harder than that.

verb
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Used to indicate advisability or prudence.

You ought to wear a raincoat.

verb
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Used to indicate desirability.

You ought to have been there; it was great fun.

verb
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Used to indicate probability or likelihood.

She ought to finish by next week.

verb
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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
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Alternative spelling of aught. at all, to any degree.
adverb
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Alternative spelling of aught. cipher, zero, nought.
noun
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Ought is defined as should, expected to or compelled by duty or desire.

An example of ought is someone feeling like they should take out the garbage, they ought to take out the garbage.

verb
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(auxiliary) Indicating duty or obligation.

I ought to vote in the coming election.

verb
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Alternative spelling of aught. anything.
pronoun
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A statement of what ought to be the case as contrasted to what is the case.
noun
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(auxiliary) Indicating advisability or prudence.

You ought to stand back from the edge of the platform.

verb
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(auxiliary) Indicating desirability.

He ought to read the book; it was very good.

verb
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(auxiliary) Indicating likelihood or probability.

We ought to arrive by noon if we take the motorway.

verb
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Origin of ought

Middle English oughten to be obliged to from oughte owned from Old English āhte past tense of āgan to possess aik- in Indo-European roots