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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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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 Ebron was oft criticized in Detroit for dropped passes, but his drops fell sharply last season. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Eric Ebron is ready for a fresh start with the Colts," 19 Mar. 2018 Here are some of the brilliant, but oft-overlooked PR tactics that Kylie and her family employed. Mallory Blair, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Secrets Behind Kylie Jenner's Baby Reveal," 7 Mar. 2018 This oft-overlooked, perennial underdog city shouldn't feel too bad for itself, though. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "‘Lady Bird’ gets snubbed at the Oscars, and that’s so Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Mar. 2018 If something happens to Wagner, one of rookie fifth-round pick Tyrell Crosby or inconsistent (and oft-injured) vet Corey Robinson is probably next man up. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions 2018 most important: No. 14 Rick Wagner a top RT in NFL," 3 July 2018 To its credit, Cruise has chosen to test its cars in a super-challenging environment, the dense and oft-surprising streets of San Francisco. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "A Cruise-on-Cruise Crash Reveals the Hardest Thing About Self-Driving Tech," 3 July 2018 Among those with an obese BMI, around 40 percent of men and 3 percent of women have sleep apnea, according to a small but oft-cited study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 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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