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Definition of Ought

Ought

  1. See Aught.
  2. Was or were under obligation to pay; owed.
  3. Owned; possessed.
  4. To be bound in duty or by moral obligation.
  5. To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove; -- in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or without a subject expressed.
  6. of Owe

Ought Quotations

I was never a pretty girl, so I wasn't the one to get the boy. I used to cast myself as a good sport. Sometimes I wonder if I do that too much with roles I play, because if I'm absolutely truthful, I quite like being the best friend, or the supporting role, and actually I ought to gear-change and make myself the leading role.
Celia Imrie

All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
John Locke

A good youth ought to have a fear of God, to be subject to his parents, to give honor to his elders, to preserve his purity; he ought not to despise humility, but should love forbearance and modesty. All these are an ornament to youthful years.
Saint Ambrose

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel. - John Churton Collins
Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
John Churton Collins

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
Pope John Paul II
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Ought Translations

ought in German is sollte
ought in Italian is dovevo
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