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Irving Berlin

Meaning of "ought" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD OUGHT

Old English āhte, past tense of āgan to owe; related to Gothic aihta.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF OUGHT

ought  [ɔːt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF OUGHT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ought is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb ought in English.

WHAT DOES OUGHT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Ought

Ought may refer to: ▪ One of the English modal verbs ▪ One of the names for the number 0 in English ▪ A band on the Canadian Constellation Records...

Definition of ought in the English dictionary

The first definition of ought in the dictionary is to indicate duty or obligation. Other definition of ought is to express prudent expediency. Ought is also to express probability or expectation.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO OUGHT

PRESENT

Present
I ought
you ought
he/she/it oughts
we ought
you ought
they ought
Present continuous
I am oughting
you are oughting
he/she/it is oughting
we are oughting
you are oughting
they are oughting
Present perfect
I have oughted
you have oughted
he/she/it has oughted
we have oughted
you have oughted
they have oughted
Present perfect continuous
I have been oughting
you have been oughting
he/she/it has been oughting
we have been oughting
you have been oughting
they have been oughting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I oughted
you oughted
he/she/it oughted
we oughted
you oughted
they oughted
Past continuous
I was oughting
you were oughting
he/she/it was oughting
we were oughting
you were oughting
they were oughting
Past perfect
I had oughted
you had oughted
he/she/it had oughted
we had oughted
you had oughted
they had oughted
Past perfect continuous
I had been oughting
you had been oughting
he/she/it had been oughting
we had been oughting
you had been oughting
they had been oughting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will ought
you will ought
he/she/it will ought
we will ought
you will ought
they will ought
Future continuous
I will be oughting
you will be oughting
he/she/it will be oughting
we will be oughting
you will be oughting
they will be oughting
Future perfect
I will have oughted
you will have oughted
he/she/it will have oughted
we will have oughted
you will have oughted
they will have oughted
Future perfect continuous
I will have been oughting
you will have been oughting
he/she/it will have been oughting
we will have been oughting
you will have been oughting
they will have been oughting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would ought
you would ought
he/she/it would ought
we would ought
you would ought
they would ought
Conditional continuous
I would be oughting
you would be oughting
he/she/it would be oughting
we would be oughting
you would be oughting
they would be oughting
Conditional perfect
I would have ought
you would have ought
he/she/it would have ought
we would have ought
you would have ought
they would have ought
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been oughting
you would have been oughting
he/she/it would have been oughting
we would have been oughting
you would have been oughting
they would have been oughting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you ought
we let´s ought
you ought
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to ought
Past participle
oughted
Present Participle
oughting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE OUGHT

ouananiche
oubaas
Oubangui
oubit
oubliette
ouch
oud
Oudh
Oudry
Ouessant
oughtn´t
oughtness
ouguiya
Ouida
Ouija board
ouistiti
Oujda
Oulu
ouma
ounce

WORDS THAT END LIKE OUGHT

afterthought
bought
brought
caught
Connaught
distraught
draught
dreadnought
drought
fought
fraught
naught
onslaught
overbought
second thought
self-taught
sought
taught
thought
wrought

Synonyms and antonyms of ought in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «ought» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF OUGHT

Find out the translation of ought to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ought from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ought» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

应该做
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tener
570 millions of speakers

English

ought
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

चाहिए
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَنْبَغِي أَن
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

следует
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dever
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কর্তব্য
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

il faut
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sepatutnya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

müssen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

・・・するべきだ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

~해야 한다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mesthine
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nên
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வேண்டும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पाहिजे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gerektiğini
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

dovere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

mieć powinność
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

виражає повинність
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a trebui
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πρέπει
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

behoort
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

borde
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

burde
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ought

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «OUGHT»

The term «ought» is very widely used and occupies the 5.009 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «OUGHT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «ought» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «ought» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ought

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10 QUOTES WITH «OUGHT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ought.
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John Ashcroft
An FBI agent ought to be able to surf the net and look for sites that instruct people how to make bombs.
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Les Aspin
We ought to be providing protective sanctuaries for the Kurdish rebels. That means finding some places where they can come and to which we will then be able to provide food and water and medical help.
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Haley Barbour
I have a record as governor. I have a record of cutting spending. And I talked yesterday not only about we ought to cut spending, I talked about how we've cut spending in Mississippi and how if you did the same things in the federal government, you would save tens of billions of dollars a year.
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Irving Berlin
Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.
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Saint Bernard
Christian, learn from Christ how you ought to love Christ. Learn a love that is tender, wise, strong; love with tenderness, not passion, wisdom, not foolishness, and strength, lest you become weary and turn away from the love of the Lord.
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Vera Brittain
I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading.
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Jerry Brown
Jobs for every American is doomed to failure because of modern automation and production. We ought to recognize it and create an income-maintenance system so every single American has the dignity and the wherewithal for shelter, basic food, and medical care. I'm talking about welfare for all. Without it, you're going to have warfare for all.
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Jimmy Carter
There's always an element of self delusion among people who believe they ought to be President. There's an underestimation of your opponent and an overestimation of your own abilities. This is compatible with being rich and powerful, the idea that we were blessed by God because we deserve to be blessed.
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Rosalynn Carter
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
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Mary Cassatt
I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «OUGHT»

Discover the use of ought in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ought and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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We Ain't what We Ought to be: The Black Freedom Struggle ...
Chronicles the struggles for African American freedoms and equality from the end of the Civil War to the current day, focusing on the achievements of grassroots activists and national leaders alike.
Stephen G. N. Tuck, 2010
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I ought to be in pictures: a new comedy
When Libby Tucker travels to California to visit her estranged father, whom she has always idolized, it forces them, and her father's lover, Steffy, to reevaluate their feelings
Neil Simon, 1981
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What Every Christian Ought to Know
Designed to aide Christians in establishing the core truths of the Bible, understanding their practical applications for everyday life, and empowering Christians to live a dynamic Christian life.
Adrian Rogers, 2012
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What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do: Black Professional Women ...
This is a story of struggle and empowerment, of the strength of a group of women who worked against daunting odds to improve the world for themselves and their people.
Stephanie J. Shaw, 2010
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The British Moralists and the Internal 'Ought': 1640-1740
This book is a major work in the history of ethics, and provides the first study of early modern British philosophy in several decades.
Stephen Darwall, 1995
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The Is-Ought Problem: An Investigation in Philosophical Logic
Can OUGHT be derived from IS? This book presents a systematic investigation of this time-honored philosophical problem by means of modern alethic-deontic predicate logic.
G. Schurz, 1997
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You Ought To!: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Superego and ...
Starting with an account of how Freud elaborated, over many years, the idea of an agency within a person's mind which monitors and passes judgement on the person, Barnett goes on to describe the evolution of the superego from infancy to ...
Bernard Barnett, 2007
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Ought Implies Kant: A Reply to the Consequentialist Critique
This volume treats the consequentialist challenge to Kantian ethics in several novel ways.
Joel Marks, 2009
9
What Is and What Ought to Be: The Dialectic of Experience, ...
In addition to being a useful primer on the relationship between theology and sociology (both theoretical and empirical), the book provides a wonderfully clear description of the sea-changes that have occurred in Roman Catholic theology ...
Michael G. Lawler, 2005
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The Linear Algebra a Beginning Graduate Student Ought to Know
This book is intended to fill the gap which has developed by providing enough theoretical and computational material to allow the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate student to overcome this deficiency and be able to work ...
Jonathan S. Golan, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «OUGHT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ought is used in the context of the following news items.
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What you ought to be, can be, and will be
I often find myself reading about World War II more often than any other period in history. I also find the documentaries on the History Channel ... «Nevada Herald, Jul 15»
2
Obama: UK ought to stay in European Union
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.K. should remain a part of the European Union to ensure the continued influence of a close ... «MarketWatch, Jul 15»
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Secular Forces Ought to Resist BJP's Growth, Says Pinarayi Vijayan
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:CPM politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan has called for concerted efforts by secular forces to resist the growth of the ... «The New Indian Express, Jul 15»
4
The Way It Ought To Be: Warnings About Chickens?
It's a warning about chickens that Jeff can't believe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning about a salmonella outbreak ... «kplr11.com, Jul 15»
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You Ought to Have a Look: Highlights from the House Hearing on …
You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) ... «Cato Institute, Jul 15»
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Ought-ology? Science & Ethics
Two of the most obvious and least ignorable features of today's society are the ever-accelerating advance of science and the ever-increasing urgency of ... «Philosophy Now, Jul 15»
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Our Views: People wanting measurable progress in public schools …
... themselves to have a common enemy. People wanting measurable progress in taxpayer-funded schools ought to beware of such a coalition. «The Advocate, Jul 15»
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After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran's best ally
This is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great ... «AsiaNews.it, Jul 15»
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'Citizens advocate' ought to be accountable
This is written in response to Allan Feifer's news on the website for the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County at www.abetterfranklin.com. «The Times, Jul 15»
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Airlines flaunt rules: Overbooking flights ought to benefit passengers …
Counter-intuitively, overbooking the seats on commercial flights is good practice for an airline and beneficial for passengers – so long as it is ... «The Independent, Jul 15»

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