: often
oft asked questions
an oft quoted statement

Examples of oft in a Sentence

as I have oft said, you need to look before you leap
Recent Examples on the Web In the morning, the house caffeine is oft served with bubbly. Katie Kelly Bell, Robb Report, 2 May 2024 Morgan is known — and oft chided — for mixing research and invention, looking for an underlying dramatic truth rather than pure accuracy. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2024 For many artists, the war has reinforced the relevance of a favorite quote that was oft repeated by Mr. Qraiqea, the digital artist killed in the hospital blast. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Jan. 2024 That all electric vehicles are inherently and equally silent is as incorrect as it is oft repeated. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 3 July 2023 But, to paraphrase a quote oft said by longtime Bouba leading man Kyle Chandler: Kind eyes. Sabrina Talbert, Women's Health, 24 June 2023 Brühl, oft referred to as the golden boy of German film, will lead the impressive ensemble as a young, thirtysomething Lagerfeld. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2023 The announcement came during a speech in which the mayor heralded ongoing work in what civic leaders oft refer to as San Diego’s crown jewel. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2023 That is the theme Queen Charlotte ultimately offers, and though Bridgerton has oft faced accusations of saccharine froth, this particular love story is anything but insincere. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 6 May 2023

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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

Dictionary Entries Near oft

Cite this Entry

“Oft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oft. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: often
an oft neglected factor

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