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Definitions of ought

  1. To be under obligation: to be proper or necessary. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. To be held or bound in duty or moral obligation; to be necessary; to behove; to be fit or proper. See Aught. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. expresses an emotional, practical, or other reason for doing something; "You had better put on warm clothes"; "You should call your mother-in-law"; "The State ought to repair the bridges" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To be under obligation; be fit, necessary, or proper: used chiefly as a helping verb. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Imperfect, is under obligation; is fit or necessary. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To be under moral obligation to be or do. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To be fitting or imperative. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A defective verb, formerly the pt. of owe; to be bound in duty or moral obligation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Anything; aught. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Aught; anything. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Same as AUGHT. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Owned; possessed. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To be bound in duty or by moral obligation. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove; - in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or without a subject expressed. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for ought

  1. That is kind- that is as you ought to be. – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  2. Don't you think she ought – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
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