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naught

pronoun \ ˈnȯt , ˈnät \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of naught

: nothing
  • Their efforts came to naught.
  • It was all for naught.

Origin and Etymology of naught

Middle English nought, from Old English nāwiht, from no + wiht creature, thing — more at no, wight


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naught

noun
variants: or less commonly nought

Definition of naught

2 : the arithmetical symbol 0 : zero, cipher

Examples of naught in a Sentence

  1. my locker number is naught-seven-two

Recent Examples of naught from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of naught

naught Synonyms

Synonyms
aught, cipher, goose egg, zero (also nought), nil, nothing, o, oh, zilch, zip
Related Words
blank, void

Other Number-Related Terms



NAUGHT Defined for Kids

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naught

pronoun
variants: also nought \ˈnȯt\

Definition of naught for Students

: 1nothing 1
  • Our efforts came to naught in the end.

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naught

noun
variants: also nought

Definition of naught for Students

: zero 1, cipher


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