Definition of 'ought'
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Everyone agrees that somebody, somewhere, ought to do something to shelter the public from this polluted deluge of information. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I feel I ought to do something but it is none of my business. The Sun (2016)We all have areas where we ought to use our strengths to overcome our weaknesses. Christianity Today (2000)That ought to be enough to get you going. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)Which is something that really ought to be said about him. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Now these must be and ought to be poor. English Conservatism since the Restoration: An introduction and anthology (1990)That ought to be enough for now. Times, Sunday Times (2011)That is something that really ought to change. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Surely that ought to be enough for us to have him to deported? The Sun (2012) Something similar ought to be true of universities. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He knew he ought to do something. Wives and Daughters (1864)Just thought you ought to know ). The Sun (2015)One ought to use some of one's timber in that way. Middlemarch (1872)We ought to use it. Times, Sunday Times (2006)I really ought to sue ) should be covered with health warnings. Times, Sunday Times (2007)They are (and ought to be ) swayed by political issues. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Ethel, finding that there were two ways of viewing the gentleman, doubted whether she ought to express her opinion. The Daisy Chain (1837)He said that this ought to be enough for'reasonable people' and that anything more specific would undermine the rest of his premiership. Times, Sunday Times (2006)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. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'ought'
British English: ought /ɔːt/ VERB
If someone ought to do something, it is the right thing to do.
You ought to read this book.
- American English: ought
- Arabic: يَنْبَغِي أَن
- Brazilian Portuguese: dever
- Chinese: 应该做
- Croatian: trebati
- Czech: měl by
- Danish: burde
- Dutch: moeten
- European Spanish: tener
- Finnish: pitäisi
- French: il faut
- German: müssen
- Greek: πρέπει
- Italian: dovere
- Japanese: ･･･するべきだ
- Korean: ~해야 한다
- Norwegian: burde
- Polish: mieć powinność
- European Portuguese: dever
- Romanian: a trebui
- Russian: следует
- Spanish: deber
- Swedish: borde
- Thai: ควรจะ
- Turkish: zorunda olmak
- Ukrainian: виражає повинність
- Vietnamese: nên
Definition of ought from the Collins English Dictionary
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