\ ˈȯft How to pronounce oft (audio) \

Definition of oft

: often oft asked questions an oft quoted statement

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Examples of oft in a Sentence

as I have oft said, you need to look before you leap

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At least 50 other global cities, seeking a simple way to keep track of the new and oft-controversial scooters on their streets, have adopted the Mobility Data Standard, too. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation," 25 June 2019 Krug is scheduled to cross the 500-game threshold in 2019-20, and despite some defensive limitations that are oft-overblown by his critics, has developed into an essential talent on a team that Sweeney has tailored hand-in-glove with his skill set. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Torey Krug wants to remain a Bruin — at the right price," 22 June 2019 Instead, Hill exited the mound after warming up in the second inning with left forearm discomfort, forcing the Dodgers to use an oft-inconsistent bullpen for eight innings. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ first-inning failures are simply staggering, show up again in another blowout," 19 June 2019 There is a popular and oft-repeated Hollywood misconception that movies starring women or made by women or otherwise geared toward women are not interesting to the moviegoing public at large. Vogue, "A New Study Finds That Movies Starring Women Perform Better at the Box Office Than Those Starring Men," 11 Dec. 2018 Chris Metcalf, publisher of the left-leaning Reasonable People Unite, compares the overnight disappearance of his account to an assault on free speech, rather than the company realizing its oft-reneged upon promise to stamp out fake news. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Fake News Problem Isn't Russian Anymore—It's Homegrown," 12 Oct. 2018 The oft controversial animal-rights group PETA has beef with the ostensibly animal-friendly Impossible Burger. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer," 11 Aug. 2018 List prices aren’t the same as what patients pay That brings us to another critical and oft-overlooked point about how drug prices work in the U.S: The list prices announced by companies are almost never what consumers pay. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018 Carniceria y Restaurante Monarca Carnicerias and corner markets are oft overlooked as destinations for prepared foods, and here’s one that deserves more attention. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "For Cinco de Mayo, 5 must-try Mexican restaurants in south Phoenix," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of oft

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oft

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German ofto often

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Kids Definition of oft

: often Sometimes I traveled through woods. More oft I passed abandoned fields.— Avi, Crispin

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