[awft, oft]
adverb Literary.

before 900; Middle English oft(e), Old English oft; cognate with Old Frisian ofta, Old Saxon oft(o), German oft, Old Norse opt

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oft (ɒft)
short for often (archaic or poetic except in combinations such as oft-repeated and oft-recurring)
[Old English oft; related to Old High German ofto]

abbreviation for
Office of Fair Trading

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Word Origin & History

O.E. oft, akin to O.Fris. ofta, Dan. ofte, Ger. oft, O.N. opt, Goth. ufta "often;" of unknown origin. Archaic except in compounds (e.g. oft-told), and replaced by its derivative often.
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Example sentences
Another oft quoted piece of advice is to notify the chair once you're at the
  campus visit stage.
And because when people are in grad school the loans for undergrad are too oft
  in deferment.
Contrary to the oft proffered explanation, advances in medical technology do
  not explain the constantly rising prices.
It corrects some of the oft-repeated mistakes written about her life.
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