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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Adverb


Oughtn. & adv. 
     See Aught.  [1913 Webster]
Oughtimp., p. p., or auxiliary [Orig. the preterit of the verb to owe. OE. oughte, aughte, ahte, AS. āhte. Owe.].
  •  Was or were under obligation to pay; owed.  [1913 Webster]
    "This due obedience which they ought to the king."  [1913 Webster]
    "The love and duty I long have ought you."  [1913 Webster]
    "[He] said . . . you ought him a thousand pound."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Owned; possessed.  [1913 Webster]
    "The knight the which that castle ought."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To be bound in duty or by moral obligation.  [1913 Webster]
    "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove; -- in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or without a subject expressed.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    " Ought is now chiefly employed as an auxiliary verb, expressing fitness, expediency, propriety, moral obligation, or the like, in the action or state indicated by the principal verb."  [1913 Webster]
    "To speak of this as it ought, would ask a volume."  [1913 Webster]
    "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things?"  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- Ought, Should.


Ought, v.aux. (usu. foll. by to + infin.; present and past indicated by the following infin.) 1 expressing duty or rightness (we ought to love our neighbours).
2 expressing shortcoming (it ought to have been done long ago).
3 expressing advisability or prudence (you ought to go for your own good).
4 expressing esp. strong probability (he ought to be there by now).

ought not the negative form of ought (he ought not to have stolen it).
Ought, n. (also aught) colloq. a figure denoting nothing; nought.

Ought, var. of AUGHT(1).

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