You ought to work harder than that.
You ought to wear a raincoat.
You ought to have been there; it was great fun.
She ought to finish by next week.
Witnesse Aristippus, who being urged with the affection he ought his children, as proceeding from his loynes, began to spit [...].
He ought to pay his debts.
I ought to wear a warmer coat today.
You ought to meet us for dinner sometime.
It ought to be over soon.
An example of ought is someone feeling like they should take out the garbage, they ought to take out the garbage.
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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English āhte, past tense of āgan (“own, possess")