Ought

Definition of Ought

Pronunciation: ạt
n. & adv.1.See Aught.
imp., p. p1.Was or were under obligation to pay; owed.
This due obedience which they ought to the king.
- Tyndale.
The love and duty I long have ought you.
- Spelman.
[He] said . . . you ought him a thousand pound.
- Shak.
2.Owned; possessed.
The knight the which that castle ought.
- Spenser.
3.To be bound in duty or by moral obligation.
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak.
- Rom. xv. 1.
4.To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove; - in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or without a subject expressed.
To speak of this as it ought, would ask a volume.
- Milton.
Ought not Christ to have suffered these things?
- Luke xxiv. 26.
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