Etymologyahte, past tense of āgan.
- Rhymes with: -ɔːt
- simple past of owe
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays,
Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 182:
- witnesse Aristippus, who being urged with the affection he ought his children, as proceeding from his loynes, began to spit [...].
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 182:
- Indicating duty or
- You ought to vote in the coming election.
- Indicating advisability or prudence.
- You ought to stand back from the edge of the platform.
- Indicating desirability.
- You ought to have seen the film; it was very good.
- Indicating likelihood or probability.
- You ought to arrive by noon if you take the motorway.
- Ought is an auxiliary verb; it takes a following verb as its complement. This verb may be appear either as a full infinitive (such as "to go") or a bare infinitive (such as simple "go"), depending on region and speaker; the same range of meanings is possible in either case. Additionally, it's possible for ought not to take any complement, in which case a verb complement is implied, as in, "You really ought to [do so]."
- The negative of ought is either ought not (to) or oughtn't (to)
- should (In all senses)
indicating duty or obligation
indicating advisability or prudence