oft

adverb
\ˈȯft \

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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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 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

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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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oft

adverb
\ˈȯft \

Kids Definition of oft

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

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