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aught

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pronoun \ˈȯt, ˈät\

Definition of aught

  1. 1 :  anything

  2. 2 :  all, everything <for aught I care> <for aught we know>



Did You Know?

If you know aught which does behove my knowledge / Thereof to be inform'd, imprison't not / In ignorant concealment, Polixenes begs Camillo in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, employing the "anything" sense of "aught." Shakespeare didn't coin the pronoun "aught," which has been a part of the English language since before the 12th century, but he did put it to frequent use. Writers today may be less likely to use "aught" than were their literary predecessors, but the pronoun does continue to turn up occasionally. "Aught" can also be a noun meaning "zero," and for a while the phrase "the aughts" was bandied about as a proposed label for the decade that began in the year 2000.

Origin of aught

Middle English, from Old English āwiht, from ā ever + wiht creature, thing — more at aye, wight


First Known Use: before 12th century


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aught

adverb

Definition of aught

archaic

  1. :  at all



13th Century

First Known Use of aught

13th century


3

aught

noun

Definition of aught

  1. 1 :  zero, cipher

  2. 2 archaic :  nonentity, nothing

  3. 3 plural :  the first decade of a century



Examples of aught in a sentence

  1. <for dates, the year is automatically listed as a pair of aughts, so the user has to scroll down to the correct figure>



Origin of aught

alteration (resulting from false division of a naught) of naught


First Known Use: 1872

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AUGHT Defined for Kids

aught

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noun \ˈȯt\

Definition of aught for Students

  1. :  zero 1





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