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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

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln

I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
Henry Ward Beecher

If I'm the people's poet, then I ought to be in people's hands - and, I hope, in their heart.
Maya Angelou

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
Winston Churchill
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Ought Translations

ought in German is sollte
ought in Italian is dovevo

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