: often
oft asked questions
an oft quoted statement

Example Sentences

as I have oft said, you need to look before you leap
Recent Examples on the Web Field, 76, echoes her excitement about working with fellow acting legends Moreno, Fonda and Tomlin, and also praises the oft-unexplored side of the plot. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2022 Penn State has been oft-criticized in this space for its lack of championship success, especially compared to the resources the university has at hand. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2022 For the presidents, the decision to stay at the Old Grey Lady on the city’s oft-overlooked westside rather than venture to the new 45,000-seat venue, which opened in the fall of 2021, came down to three factors: community, tradition, and capacity. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 12 Nov. 2022 The Wildcats also broke free from Southern’s oft-pressing defense to help record 19 fast-break points to only one for the Jaguars. Bruce Pascoe, The Arizona Republic, 12 Nov. 2022 The result, though, is an oft-confusing, multi-step buying process plagued with additional fees that fans bemoan. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2022 First, the oft-forecast red wave, where Republicans anticipated piling up wins that would gain them decisive control of the House of Representatives was a washout. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Brooks, the oft-controversial congressman, did not seek a seventh term in office, instead running earlier this year for U.S. Senate and finishing second to Katie Britt in the Republican primary. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 8 Nov. 2022 Twitter’s idealistic and oft-criticized founders, including Dorsey, have long exited the premises. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Oft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oft. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

: often
an oft neglected factor

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