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OUGHT. [See Aught, the true orthography.]




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OUGHT. [See Aught, the true orthography.]


OUGHT, n. [See AUGHT, the true orthography.]


OUGHT, v. [imperfect. aut. This word seems to be the preterit tense of the original verb to owe, that is, Sax. agan, Goth. aigan, Sw. ├Ąga, to have or possess, the radical sense being to hold, to restrain or stop; hence the passive participle would signify held, bound. In this sense it was used by Spelman and Dryden. But ought as used, is irregular, being used in all persons both in the present and past tenses; as, I ought, thou oughtest, he ought; we, ye, they ought.]

  1. To be held or bound in duty or moral obligation. These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matth. xxiii. We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak. Rom. xv. Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers. Matth. xxv.
  2. To be necessary; to behoove. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into glory? Luke xxiv.
  3. To be fit or expedient in a moral view. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. James iii.
  4. As a participle, owed; been indebted to. The love and duty I long have ought you. Spelman. That followed, sir, which to myself I ought. Dryden. [In this sense, obsolete.]
  5. In Chaucer's time, it was used impersonally. “Wel ought us werke,” that is, well it behooveth us to work.

Ought
  1. See Aught.
  2. Was or were under obligation to pay; owed.

    [Obs.]

    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.

  3. Owned; possessed.

    [Obs.]

    The knight the which that castle ought. Spenser.

  4. 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.

  5. To be necessary, fit, becoming, or expedient; to behoove; -- in this sense formerly sometimes used impersonally or without a subject expressed.

    "Well ought us work." Chaucer.

    To speak of this as it ought, would ask a volume. Milton.

    Ought not Christ to have suffered these things? Luke xxiv. 26.

    * Ought is now chiefly employed as an auxiliary verb, expressing fitness, expediency, propriety, moral obligation, or the like, in the action or state indicated by the principal verb.

    Syn. -- Ought, Should. Both words imply obligation, but ought is the stronger. Should may imply merely an obligation of propriety, expendiency, etc.; ought denotes an obligation of duty.

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Ought

OUGHT. [See Aught, the true orthography.]

OUGHT, v. imperfect, aut.

1. To be held or bound in duty or moral obligation.

These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matthew 23:23.

We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak. Romans 15:1.

Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers. Matthew 25:27.

2. To be necessary; to behoove.

OUGHT not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into glory? Luke 24:26.

3. To be fit or expedient in a moral view.

My brethren, these things ought not so to be. James 3:10.

4. As a participle, owed; been indebted to.

The love and duty I long have ought you.

That followed, sir, which to myself I ought

[In this sense, obsolete.]

5. In Chaucer's time, it was used impersonally. 'Wel ought us werke, ' that is, well it behooveth us to work.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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MOLE, n. [L. moles.]

1. A mound or massive work formed of large stones laid in the sea by means of coffer dams, extended either in a right line or an arch of a circle before a port, which it serves to defend from the violent impulse of the waves; thus protecting ships in a harbor. The word is sometimes used for the harbor itself.

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Learn of the mole to plow, the worm to weave.

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