from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- auxiliary v. Used to indicate obligation or duty: You ought to work harder than that.
- auxiliary v. Used to indicate advisability or prudence: You ought to wear a raincoat.
- auxiliary v. Used to indicate desirability: You ought to have been there; it was great fun.
- auxiliary v. Used to indicate probability or likelihood: She ought to finish by next week.
- pro. Variant of aught1.
- n. Variant of aught2.
- v. Obsolete A past participle of owe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past of owe.
- v. Indicating duty or obligation.
- v. Indicating advisability or prudence.
- v. Indicating desirability.
- v. Indicating likelihood or probability.
- pro. Alternative spelling of aught. anything
- adv. Alternative spelling of aught. at all, to any degree.
- n. A statement of what ought to be the case as contrasted to what is the case.
- n. Alternative spelling of aught. cipher, zero, nought.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See aught.
- Was or were under obligation to pay; owed.
- Owned; possessed.
- To be bound in duty or by moral obligation.
- To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove; -- in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or without a subject expressed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as aught. Compare naught, nought.
- Owned; the preterit of the verb owe, to possess, own. See owe.
- Owed; the preterit and past participle of the verb owe, to be indebted or obliged.
- To be held or bound in duty or moral obligation.
- To be fit or expedient in a moral view; be a natural or expected consequence, result, effect, etc.
- To be necessary or advisable; behoove.
- To befit: used impersonally.
- = Syn. 3-5. Ought, Should. Ought is the stronger, expressing especially obligations of duty, with some weaker use in expressing interest or necessity: as, you ought to know, if any one does. Should sometimes expresses duty: as, we should be careful of others' feelings; but generally expresses propriety, expediency, etc.: as, we should dot our i's and cross our t's.
- n. Possession: same as aught.
- n. Nought; a cipher.
The latter has been questioned on the grounds that even if it is true that ˜green™ ought to be applied this way, the ˜ought™ in question may not have anything to do with semantics but, say, with religious practices (Byrne 2002: 207).
He was also the first to attempt to provide an integrated account of non-conditional and conditional ought statements, one that provided an analysis of conditional ˜ought™s via a monadic deontic operator coupled with a material conditional (reminiscent of similar failed attempts in von Wright 1951 to analyze the dyadic notion of commitment), and allowed for a form of factual detachment (more below).
"My brethren, these things ought not so to be;" _ought not_ -- that is, they are unnatural.
I ought, indeed children, no too soon but a wife if the world went as it ought
For my own part, I would agree with Polk that we ought to own that country to fifty-four forty -- but what we _ought_ to do and what we can do are two separate matters.
One of her positive convictions was, that you ought not to give them any thing they _ought_ to provide for themselves, such as food or clothing or shelter.
Even if they come as often as they are able, I know well they will not be _satisfied_ with their own feelings; they will be conscious even then that they ought to grieve more than they do; of course none of us feels the great event of this day as he ought, and therefore we all _ought_ to be dissatisfied with ourselves.
There was no room for it while the other thought, so engrossing, was there; and to say that she _ought_ to have thought of both the results which might follow her action, is only to say that she ought to be older.
Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young Or, the Principles on Which a Firm Parental Authority May Be Established and Maintained, Without Violence or Anger, and the Right Development of the Moral and Mental Capacities Be Promoted by Methods in Harmony with the Structure and the Characteristics of the Juvenile Mind
When I said to myself, "I have done those things that I ought not to have done, and have _left undone_ those things that I _ought_ to have done," I was startled at the measure of sin that I had confessed.
Now I do not broach the abstract question of equality: I am willing to admit that in the eye of our Maker we are, and before the law ought to be, all equal -- that is to say, _ought all to have an equal chance_; but to abolish the idea of subordination in the employed to the employer, and to abrogate the relation of dependence of the servant upon her or his master or mistress, would simply be to reverse the teachings of inspiration and nature.