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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.
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
Jones went on to spin at popular clubs such as Dragon Room and Slick’s Lounge in the early 2000s, joined WGCI and the elite DJ crew Heavy Hitters in the mid-aughts, and went on to tour as a DJ for Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco.
The palette based on the mid-aughts classic was definitely worth the wait.
Jo escaped around the early aughts when mass starvation and famine left her family no other choice.
By the mid- to late- aughts, customers had started flocking to a new wave of more advanced free services.
But now, in honor of the upcoming Will & Grace reboot, Shake Shack has released two new milkshake flavors inspired by the iconic early-aughts show—and Karen wouldn't have any complaints about the boozy flavor that's named after her and Jack.
In just five seasons, the early aughts duo road tripped across the country; taking jobs on farms down South, holding various internships, playing housewives and acting as camp counselors in what can only be described as iconic reality television.
By the aughts, the country’s gross domestic product had more than quadrupled, remaking Indian society.
Next, during the aughts, came Ms. Vodianova and the otherworldly models.
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Origin and Etymology of aught
First Known Use: 1872See Words from the same year
AUGHT Defined for Kids
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