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aught

pronoun \ ˈȯt , ˈät \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of aught

1 : anything
2 : all, everything
  • for aught I care
  • for aught we know

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Origin and Etymology of aught

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

2

aught

adverb

Definition of aught

archaic
: at all

Origin and Etymology of aught

see 1aught

3

aught

noun

Definition of aught

1 : zero, cipher
2 archaic : nonentity, nothing
3 aughts plural : the ten year period from 2000 through 2009
  • By the middle of the aughts, … the percentage of 26-year-olds living with their parents reached 20 percent, nearly double what it was in 1970.
  • —Don Peck

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

Recent Examples of aught from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of aught

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

aught Synonyms

Synonyms

cipher, goose egg, naught (also nought), nil, nothing, o, oh, zero, zilch, zip;

Related Words

blank, void;

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AUGHT Defined for Kids

aught

noun \ ˈȯt \

Definition of aught for Students

: zero 1


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