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ought         

[

1]  

      vb   foll by: to; takes an infinitive or implied infinitive   used as an auxiliary  
1    to indicate duty or obligation  
you ought to pay your dues     
2    to express prudent expediency  
you ought to be more careful with your money     
3    (usually with reference to future time) to express probability or expectation  
you ought to finish this work by Friday     
4    to express a desire or wish on the part of the speaker  
you ought to come next week     
     (Old English ahte, past tense of agan to owe; related to Gothic aihta)  
In correct English, ought is not used with did or had. I ought not to do it, not I didn't ought to do it; I ought not to have done it, not I hadn't ought to have done it  
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ought          [2]  
      pron  
      adv      a variant spelling of       aught   1  

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ought          [3]  
      n   a less common word for nought (zero)  
     (C19: mistaken division of a nought as an ought; see nought)  

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aught   [1]   , ought          used with a negative or in conditional or interrogative sentences or clauses  
Archaic or literary  
      pron  
1    anything at all; anything whatever (esp. in the phrase for aught I know)  
      adv  
2    Dialect   in any least part; to any degree  
     (Old English awiht, from a ever, ay1 + wiht thing; see wight1)  


ought          [1]  
      vb   foll by: to; takes an infinitive or implied infinitive   used as an auxiliary  
1    to indicate duty or obligation  
you ought to pay your dues     
2    to express prudent expediency  
you ought to be more careful with your money     
3    (usually with reference to future time) to express probability or expectation  
you ought to finish this work by Friday     
4    to express a desire or wish on the part of the speaker  
you ought to come next week     
     (Old English ahte, past tense of agan to owe; related to Gothic aihta)  
In correct English, ought is not used with did or had. I ought not to do it, not I didn't ought to do it; I ought not to have done it, not I hadn't ought to have done it  
ought          [2]  
      pron  
      adv      a variant spelling of       aught   1  
ought          [3]  
      n   a less common word for nought (zero)  
     (C19: mistaken division of a nought as an ought; see nought)  

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aught   [2]   , ought         
      n   a less common word for nought (zero)  


ought          [1]  
      vb   foll by: to; takes an infinitive or implied infinitive   used as an auxiliary  
1    to indicate duty or obligation  
you ought to pay your dues     
2    to express prudent expediency  
you ought to be more careful with your money     
3    (usually with reference to future time) to express probability or expectation  
you ought to finish this work by Friday     
4    to express a desire or wish on the part of the speaker  
you ought to come next week     
     (Old English ahte, past tense of agan to owe; related to Gothic aihta)  
In correct English, ought is not used with did or had. I ought not to do it, not I didn't ought to do it; I ought not to have done it, not I hadn't ought to have done it  
ought          [2]  
      pron  
      adv      a variant spelling of       aught   1  
ought          [3]  
      n   a less common word for nought (zero)  
     (C19: mistaken division of a nought as an ought; see nought)  

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See also:

ought, ou, ouch, Oudh

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
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