aught

1 [awt]
Also, ought.


Origin:
before 1000; Middle English aught, ought, Old English āht, āwiht, ōwiht, equivalent to ā, ō ever + wiht thing, wight1

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aught

2 [awt]
noun
1.
a cipher (0); zero.
2.
aughts, the first decade of any century, especially the years 1900 through 1909 or 2000 through 2009.
Also, ought.


Origin:
a naught, taken as an aught (cf. auger). See naught

aught

3 [awkht]
verb (used with object) Scot.
1.
to own; possess.
2.
to owe (someone or something); be obligated to.
adjective
3.
possessed of.
noun
4.
Archaic.
a.
ownership; possession.
b.
property; a possession.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English æht; cognate with Old High German ēht, Gothic aihts; akin to owe, own

aught

4 [awkht]
adjective Scot.

Origin:
Middle English aghte, aughte, variant of eighte; see eight

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aught or archaic, literary or (used with a negative or in conditional or interrogative sentences or clauses) ought1 (ɔːt)
 
pron
1.  anything at all; anything whatever (esp in the phrase for aught I know)
 
adv
2.  dialect in any least part; to any degree
 
[Old English āwiht, from ā ever, ay1 + wiht thing; see wight1]
 
ought or archaic, literary or (used with a negative or in conditional or interrogative sentences or clauses) ought1
 
pron
 
adv
 
[Old English āwiht, from ā ever, ay1 + wiht thing; see wight1]

aught or ought2 (ɔːt)
 
n
a less common word for nought
 
ought or ought2
 
n

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Word Origin & History

aught
"something," O.E. awiht "aught, anything, something," lit. "e'er a whit," from P.Gmc. *aiwi "ever" (from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity") + *wihti "thing, anything whatever" (see wight). In Shakespeare, Milton and Pope, aught and ought occur indiscriminately.

aught
"nothing, zero," faulty sep. of a naught (see naught; cf. also adder).
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Example sentences
Dogs, nor cats, nor even mice had aught to do with it.
Thorium definitely aught to be pushed as a more viable fuel.
Their companions, for aught he knows, are still on the island.
To the hearts made desolate by this irreparable loss, no earthly gain or recuperation can aught avail.
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