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Definition of ought

Ought
Ought Ought ([add]t), n. & adv. See Aught.
Ought
Ought Ought, imp., p. p., or auxiliary. [Orig. the preterit of the verb to owe. OE. oughte, aughte, ahte, AS. [=a]hte. [root]110. See Owe.] 1. Was or were under obligation to pay; owed. [Obs.] This due obedience which they ought to the king. --Tyndale. The love and duty I long have ought you. --Spelman. [He] said . . . you ought him a thousand pound. --Shak. 2. Owned; possessed. [Obs.] The knight the which that castle ought. --Spenser. 3. To be bound in duty or by moral obligation. We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak. --Rom. xv. 1. 4. To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove; -- in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or without a subject expressed. ``Well ought us work.' --Chaucer. To speak of this as it ought, would ask a volume. --Milton. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things? --Luke xxiv. 26. Note: 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. Syn: Ought, Should. Usage: Both words imply obligation, but ought is the stronger. Should may imply merely an obligation of propriety, expendiency, etc.; ought denotes an obligation of duty.
ought
Aught Aught, n. [OE. aught, ought, awiht, AS. [=a]wiht, [=a] ever + wiht. [root]136. See Aye ever, and Whit, Wight.] Anything; any part. [Also written ought.] There failed not aught of any good thing which the Lord has spoken. --Josh. xxi. 45 But go, my son, and see if aught be wanting. --Addison.

Meaning of ought from wikipedia

- The is–ought problem, as articulated by the Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume, states that many writers make claims about what ought to be...
- Ought may refer to: One of the English modal verbs One of the names for the number 0 in English Ought (band), a Montreal post-punk band on the Canadian...
- Ought is a post-punk band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band consists of Tim Darcy (vocals, guitar), Ben Stidworthy (b****), Matt May (keyboards)...
- 1992 to 1996. He has written seven books; his first two, The Way Things Ought to Be (1992) and See, I Told You So (1993), made The New York Times Best...
- A shotgun s**** is a self-contained cartridge often loaded with multiple metallic "shot", which are small, generally spherical projectiles. The s****...
- other verbs are sometimes, but not always, cl****ed as modals; these include ought, had better, and (in certain uses) dare and need. Verbs which share only...
- The .30-06 Springfield cartridge (pronounced "thirty-aught-six"), 7.62×63mm in metric notation and called ".30 Gov't '06" by Winchester, was introduced...
- the “ideal/ought self”. Inconsistencies between “actual”, “ideal” (idealized version of yourself created from life experiences) and “ought” (who persons...
- "Ought implies can" is an ethical formula ascribed to Immanuel Kant that claims an agent, if morally obliged to perform a certain action, must logically...
- extended use of the term pseudepigrapha for works that appeared as though they ought to be part of the biblical canon, because of the authorship ascribed to...
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