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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Used to express duty.

Usage examples (34)
  • Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.
  • ‘I ought, indeed … children, no … too soon … but a wife … if the world went as it ought…
  • The term ought to be fuzzy because the concept is a bit fuzzy.
  • I think the title ought to have a scientific sound to it, sir. for more
Tutoring comment
  • We "ought" (to express obligation or likelihood) to know that there is "aught" (zero, zilch) reward for being unkind to others.
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