\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web This, perhaps, is why Fordyce's sports mascot, the tiny redbug, a minuscule, eight-legged woodlands predator known for its oft-aggravating tenacity, is such an apt representative of the community labeled by then-Gov. Arkansas Online, 7 Sep. 2021 Tom's Thumb Trail: Scottsdale, AZ Located on the north side of the McDowell Mountains, the first of what would become home to many trailheads, Tom's Thumb is oft-praised for its dramatic rock formations. Stacey Lastoe, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2021 Both films have been oft-delayed due to the pandemic. Robert Marich, Variety, 26 Aug. 2021 After having the run of South Broad Street during an oft-glorious summer, the Philadelphia Phillies must make room for one of their neighbors Thursday evening. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 Lawmakers also agreed to authorize a significant amount of funding to improve the environment and respond to the oft-deadly consequences of a fast-warming planet. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 Aug. 2021 The Clippers, however, believe his passing and end-to-end speed can create easier opportunities for an oft-plodding team that ranked 26th in fast-break points last season. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Chris Paul, traded for at age 32 and oft-injured by his second season with the team, was acquired too late. Rahat Huq, Chron, 4 Aug. 2021 Take the tennis bracelet, a simple string of diamonds, oft thought to be synonymous with upper crust country club attire. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 3 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of oft was before the 12th century

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of sound mind



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15 Sep 2021

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“Oft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oft. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oft

: often


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Kids Definition of oft

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

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