ought vs aught

ought aught


  • 1) Alternative spelling of aught. cipher, zero, nought.
  • 2) A statement of what ought to be the case as contrasted to what is the case.
  • 3) See aught.
  • 4) Possession: same as aught.
  • 5) Nought; a cipher.
  • 6) Alternative spelling of aught. at all, to any degree.
  • 7) auxiliary Indicating duty or obligation.
  • 8) auxiliary Indicating desirability.
  • 9) auxiliary Indicating likelihood or probability.
  • 10) obsolete Simple past of owe.
  • 11) auxiliary Indicating advisability or prudence.
  • 12) Alternative spelling of aught. anything
  • 13) Used to indicate advisability or prudence.
  • 14) Used to indicate obligation or duty.
  • 15) Used to indicate desirability.
  • 16) Used to indicate probability or likelihood.


  • 1) whit, the smallest part, iota.
  • 2) archaic zero
  • 3) Duty; place; office
  • 4) Obsolete or dialectal form of eight.
  • 5) Property; possession
  • 6) The digit zero as the decade in years. For example, aught-nine for 1909 or 2009.
  • 7) The digit zero.
  • 8) Scot. Property; possession.
  • 9) Anything; any part.
  • 10) Possession; property.
  • 11) An obsolete or dialectal form of eight.
  • 12) possessed of
  • 13) archaic At all, in any degree, in any respect.
  • 14) At all; in any degree.
  • 15) to owe, be obliged or obligated to
  • 16) to own, possess
  • 17) Anything whatever; any part: used in interrogative, negative, and conditional sentences.
  • 18) An obsolete form of ought.
  • 19) In any respect; in any way; at all; by any chance.
  • 20) anything whatever, any part.
  • 21) Anything whatever.


  • 1) Everyone agrees that somebody, somewhere, ought to do something to shelter the public from this polluted deluge of information.
  • 2) I feel I ought to do something but it is none of my business.
  • 3) We all have areas where we ought to use our strengths to overcome our weaknesses.
  • 4) That ought to be enough to get you going.
  • 5) Which is something that really ought to be said about him.
  • 6) Now these must be and ought to be poor.
  • 7) That ought to be enough for now.
  • 8) That is something that really ought to change.
  • 9) Surely that ought to be enough for us to have him to deported?
  • 10) Something similar ought to be true of universities.
  • 11) He knew he ought to do something.
  • 12) Just thought you ought to know ).
  • 13) One ought to use some of one's timber in that way.
  • 14) We ought to use it.
  • 15) I really ought to sue ) should be covered with health warnings.
  • 16) They are (and ought to be ) swayed by political issues.
  • 17) Ethel, finding that there were two ways of viewing the gentleman, doubted whether she ought to express her opinion.
  • 18) He said that this ought to be enough for'reasonable people' and that anything more specific would undermine the rest of his premiership.
  • 19) That's worth hard cash to the businesses who are paying the bills, and ought to be enough to keep this service in the air.
  • 20) 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).
  • 21) 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).
  • 22) "My brethren, these things ought not so to be;" _ought not_ -- that is, they are unnatural.
  • 23) ‘I ought, indeed … children, no … too soon … but a wife … if the world went as it ought…
  • 24) 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.
  • 25) 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.
  • 26) 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.
  • 27) 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.
  • 28) 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.
  • 29) 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.
  • 30) ‘For aught that I can tell, it went really well, particularly after I got on to the second roll, which I used to shoot, among other things, the crowd of avid onlookers for whom the result of the match seemed to matter so much.’
  • 31) ‘If aught else were said we should only be laughed at.’
  • 32) ‘The old saying is probably right: you don't get aught for naught.’
  • 33) ‘A government had better go to the extreme of toleration than to do aught that could be construed into an interference with, or to jeopardise in any degree, the common rights of its citizens.’
  • 34) ‘On the other hand, the real ‘have nots’ are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it.’
  • 35) ‘Then who are we to say aught against them, when so many of us lost the teenage years of our own children because our minds were somewhere else.’
  • 36) ‘It's happy I am no one's said aught of wizards!’
  • 37) ‘I wasn't thinking you meant aught by it, lad, and I'd not give two coppers for a youngster as didn't want to see his elders brought down a peg or two once in a while.’
  • 38) ‘And tho’ I helped make many a parchment from the chosen lambs, I did all my writing practice in my wax tablet, for parchment is far too precious for aught but the practised scribe.’
  • 39) ‘To pry for hidden metals, to smelt out riches deposited in the veins of the earth, to fold sure-handed the malleable mass - these skills will come from you, as will aught which is fashioned of silver or gold.…’
  • 40) ‘I will go see if there be aught of worthy note about the house.’
  • 41) ‘My Goddess has clearly said, ‘I demand aught of sacrifice.’’
  • 42) ‘And such of your slaves as seek a writing (of emancipation), write it for them if ye are aware of aught of good in them.’
  • 43) ‘Well, Anselmo was at least a conscientious scholar in his time, and Rafael, if tradition be worth aught, was a comely youth.’
  • 44) ‘Now there was no plan driven by aught but fear and he spurred his horse northward, to the only place he knew as safety.’
  • 45) ‘Never said I to them aught except what thou didst command me.’


  • 1) "'Do you think you'll ever find aught that'll convince his Grace?
  • 2) "Is there aught," she panted, "_aught_ that could come between your soul and mine?"
  • 3) Cause his mum didn't have no money to dress him in aught but a suit of rags, stitched up from scraps of handmedowns and castoffs what had been worn to nothing and chucked away.
  • 4) Drunken with the wine of success deep-quaffed, without superstition and without faith in aught but its own ascendant star, laughing at the wreckage of science and mad with pride of race, it went forth upon the way of war.
  • 5) Well, Anibal threw a no-hitter last night, the first since another guy I've laughed at a lot over the years (not because of his name but because, well, he's damn funny looking) threw a perfect game against my beloved Bravos back in aught four.
  • 6) Far be it from me to gainsay thee in aught, for I am indebted to thee for many favours and bounties and much kindness, and (praised be Allah!)
  • 7) We will do thee no upright, O my son, nor wrong thee in aught; but our object is that thou bend thy gracious steps with me to my mistress, to receive her answer and return in weal and safety: and thou shalt have a handsome present as one who bringeth good news.
  • 8) Now when the Commander of the Faithful heard this verse, he was moved to great delight and his sister said to him, “O my brother, whoso decideth in aught against himself, him it behoveth to abide by it and do according to his word; and thou hast judged against thyself by this judgement.”
  • 9) “Command me as thou wilt: I will not gainsay thee in aught; no, never, for I am the freedman of thy bounty.”
  • 10) Tarkanan by the remnants of his host of what had befallen his son, whereat he slept not neither took delight in aught, and he was troubled with sore trouble.
  • 11) Moreover I have sworn an oath not to tread their soil nor transgress against them in aught; so how shall this man come at the daughter of the Great King, and who hath power to bring him to her or help him in this matter?
  • 12) ‘In his report of the battle, Cromwell wrote, ‘it is, for aught I know, a crowning mercy’.’
  • 13) ‘When asked who was to blame for all the possessed girls she responded, ‘The devil for aught I know.’’
  • 14) ‘Hang yourself for aught you're worth, You were a scoundrel from your birth, And if you cannot buy a rope, Some fool will trust you one, I hope.’
  • 15) ‘Animals fight less because they are, for aught we know, incapable of religious devotion.’
  • 16) ‘Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite,’
  • 17) ‘And signs, for aught we know, may be but the sympathies of Nature with man.’
  • 18) ‘No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.’
  • 19) ‘Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows aught, what is't to leave betimes?’
  • 20) ‘I wasn't thinking you meant aught by it, lad, and I'd not give two coppers for a youngster as didn't want to see his elders brought down a peg or two once in a while.’
  • 21) ‘Nor do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold, I am the Mother of all things and my love is poured out upon the Earth.’
  • 22) ‘With not even the gift of speech so that she may communicate her needs, or identify aught that might help us save her from this doom?’
  • 23) ‘If an offer seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is, in this, at least, the old saying is probably right: you don't get aught for naught.’

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