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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

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

If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.
Bill Watterson

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

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
Niccolo Machiavelli

A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. - Henrik Ibsen
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
Henrik Ibsen
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Ought Translations

ought in German is sollte
ought in Italian is dovevo
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