\ 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 The talented but oft-injured Buxton capped his return from left shoulder inflammation with a single to drive in Nelson Cruz in the seventh. Jimmy Cordero (0-2) permitted two runs in relief of White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel. Brian Hall, Star Tribune, "Buxton, Pineda return to lead Twins past White Sox 3-2," 1 Sep. 2020 As an oft-unheralded Guadalupe bass fishery, that small niche has room to grow. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Central Texas stream in Williamson County a unique spot to fish for Guadalupe bass," 27 Aug. 2020 The state’s oft-overlooked far north, a sprawling region of mountains, forests and streams, is larger than the state of Maine. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "The best place to ride out coronavirus? Can’t beat California," 23 Aug. 2020 Especially when James directs the Lakers’ offense with surgeon-like precision and the oft-maligned supporting cast hits three-point shots. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Los Angeles Lakers deal Portland Trail Blazers blowout loss in Game 2: The good, the bad, the problem," 21 Aug. 2020 First love as a teenager is a rite of passage that is familiar to many and oft-depicted, but this movie is a little different. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "How 'Chemical Hearts' takes dark teenage romance to the next level with Lili Reinhart," 19 Aug. 2020 The baseless and oft-mutating QAnon philosophy, which has been identified by the FBI as a potential domestic terrorism threat, has gained prominent backers, including a slew of congressional candidates. Washington Post, "Facebook says it will crack down on QAnon conspiracy theory but stops short of full ban," 19 Aug. 2020 Kenny Golladay, who's ticketed for a new contract in the next month or so; T.J. Hockenson, a talented young tight end; and two young running backs in second-round pick D'Andre Swift and the talented but oft-injured Kerryon Johnson. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Dan Orlovsky: If Detroit Lions don't win, Matthew Stafford could go elsewhere in 2021," 14 Aug. 2020 Those twin realities, the economic downturn and the cascading coronavirus crisis, were enough of an impetus for a long dormant and oft-beleaguered opposition movement to begin to stir. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarusian Dictatorship Is Going Down in Flames," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Sep 2020

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“Oft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oft. Accessed 25 Sep. 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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