\ 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 To protect a forest from deforestation, revenue from carbon offsets have to be more competitive than the oft-lucrative industries that lead to deforestation, like cattle ranching and soy production. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "What are carbon offsets? Here’s why travelers are buying them.," 10 Dec. 2019 Otherwise, your reveal may live on in infamy, like the unfortunate circumstances that led to these oft-tragic stories. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "On the Heels of the Tragedy in Iowa, 5 Stories of Gender Reveals Gone Terribly Wrong," 30 Oct. 2019 The man oft-named as one of the greatest players of all time has since transitioned into management, famously taking Argentina to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup. SI.com, "Diego Maradona Coaches Team to Victory From Pitch-Side Throne, Because Maradona," 30 Oct. 2019 Even leaving aside the Byzantine world of campaign-finance regulation and its oft-dubious constitutionality, this in practical effect is like asking a foreign head of state to contribute to Trump’s reelection campaign. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Did Trump Abuse His Power with Ukraine?," 25 Oct. 2019 Next up is Kendall Roy, the troubled and oft-bumbling eldest. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Succession Kids Finally Master the Art of BS," 7 Oct. 2019 Brendon White — he of the new and oft-utilized Bullet look — tracking a receiver downfield to break up another pass. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Ohio State must build on defensive start from 45-21 victory over Florida Atlantic," 31 Aug. 2019 Emotion poured from Verlander, the oft-stoic ace upon whom the Astros often rely to carry them through tight games. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander steers Astros past Mariners," 8 Sep. 2019 Future Train Car Interior of the Week Amtrak’s high-speed Acela line—one of the oft-struggling national passenger railway’s more profitable lines—is currently undergoing a makeover. Wired, "A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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30 Dec 2019

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“Oft.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oft. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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