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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.
Definition of aught
: at all
Examples of aught in a Sentence
for dates, the year is automatically listed as a pair of aughts, so the user has to scroll down to the correct figure
Recent Examples of aught from the Web
Speaking of being in sync, the early aughts found Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, and co. inexplicably all hankering for a heavily spiked style—
Chaika has been extremely loyal to Putin, and stayed that way even as Putin reduced the power of the prosecutor’s office in the late aughts.
At his height, an outlandish and flamboyant figure, Lil' Jon was a commercial darling during the mid-aught.
You were heavily involved with Rock the Vote in the early aughts.
Inspired by a rugby shirt a designer found at a vintage shop and recreated for sale back in the aughts, the capsule collection is full of fun, tropical brights made for warm-weather fun.
For a moment in the mid-aughts as major labels came through town to kick the scene’s tires, Bump was primed to be the next breakthrough, riding a series of hot mixtapes to a deal with Atlantic.
Twenty-three such boxes were filled when LACMA, the tar pits’ neighbor, built a subterranean parking lot in the aughts.
Gentrification in the nation’s capital, largely a downtown phenomenon in the early aughts, has spread in all directions, including toward Howard Manor, at Georgia Avenue and Girard Street NW, on the northern edge of Howard’s campus.
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Origin and Etymology of aught
alteration (resulting from false division of a naught) of naught
First Known Use: 1872See Words from the same year
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