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[awft, oft] /ɔft, ɒft/
adverb, Literary.
Origin of oft
before 900; Middle English oft(e), Old English oft; cognate with Old Frisian ofta, Old Saxon oft(o), German oft, Old Norse opt Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Beets may get a bad rap in the culinary world, but their heath benefits have many reconsidering the oft-overlooked vegetable.
  • The oft-repeated refrain that more ice makes the drink cooler is an error.
  • These oft-feared sea creatures grow extremely slowly, taking years to reach maturity.
  • The oft-cited drawback to space-based power has been the cost of setting up the infrastructure.
  • Seen from this perspective, the oft-cited metric of low to no turnout of identifiable demonstrators is beside the point.
  • To reporters who had followed the campaign, it was an old, oft-written story.
British Dictionary definitions for oft


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


abbreviation (in Britain)
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Word Origin and History for oft

Old English oft "often, frequently," from Proto-Germanic *ofta- "frequently" (cf. Old Frisian ofta, Danish ofte, Old High German ofto, German oft, Old Norse opt, Gothic ufta "often"), of unknown origin. Archaic except in compounds (e.g. oft-told), and replaced by its derivative often.

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