ought definition

  • auxiliary-verb:
    • familiar with suggest responsibility or task: You ought to work more difficult than that.
    • accustomed show advisability or prudence: You ought to wear a raincoat.
    • always indicate desirability: you need to have been truth be told there; it was great enjoyable.
    • Used to suggest likelihood or probability: She ought to finish by next week.
  • pronoun:
    • Variant of aught1.
    • Alternative spelling of aught. such a thing
  • noun:
    • Variant of aught2.
    • A statement of exactly what ought to be the instance as contrasted to what is the case.
    • Alternative spelling of aught. cipher, zero, nought.
    • See aught.
    • Possession: same as aught.
    • Nought; a cipher.
  • verb:
    • Obsolete A past participle of owe.
    • Simple last of owe.
    • suggesting responsibility or responsibility.
    • Indicating advisability or prudence.
    • Indicating desirability.
    • Indicating chance or likelihood.
  • adverb:
    • alternate spelling of aught. at all, to any level.
  • others:
    • ended up being or had been under obligation to pay; owed.
    • Owned; possessed.
    • is bound in task or by moral responsibility.
    • To be essential, fit, getting, or expedient; to behoove; -- inside sense formerly often made use of impersonally or without an interest expressed.
    • just like aught. Compare naught, nought.
    • Owned; the preterit for the verb owe, to own, own. See owe.
    • Owed; the preterit and previous participle of verb owe, to-be indebted or obliged.
    • to-be held or bound in responsibility or moral obligation.
    • To be fit or expedient in a moral view; be an all natural or anticipated effect, result, effect, etc.
    • become essential or recommended; behoove.
    • To befit: used impersonally.
    • = Syn. 3-5. Ought, Should. Ought is the more powerful, revealing particularly responsibilities of duty, with some weaker use in articulating interest or prerequisite: since, you need to understand, if anyone does. Should sometimes conveys duty: as, we should be careful of others' feelings; but typically conveys propriety, expediency, etc.: as, we should dot our i's and get across our t's.

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