Definition Of ought

used to indicate duty or correctness, typically when criticizing someone's actions.

they ought to respect the law

used to indicate something that is probable.

five minutes ought to be enough time

Example Of ought

  • And seeing as she's flown all the way from Texas, I probably ought to make the effort to drive 15 miles to see her.

  • And we ought to correct them, so that our men and women are not at risk.

  • And we ought to respect them, and to be ready and prepared to accept the results as they announce them.

  • As former British countries got their independence, then there was a feeling of duty that we ought to do something to help.

  • At the same time, surely we ought to expect at least some standard of rationality from our governors.

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