\ 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 Facebook, which has oft made chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg the face of its brand, rejigged its executive teams in May 2018 and ended up having mostly white males in roles overseeing products and engineering. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Arvind Krishna’s elevation at IBM may be India’s gain, but it’s a loss for gender equality," 3 Feb. 2020 Shannon and her husband and oft-co-writer, Dean Hale, have just published a graphic novel about the woman who inspired that car bling. Nora Krug, Washington Post, "How Shannon Hale draws strength from Wonder Woman, the star of her new book, even amid boos," 26 Jan. 2020 The devastation was worst of all in the plots closed off to scavengers, whose presence—though oft maligned—actually helps redistribute and process decaying material away from single sites. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "To Study Mass Die-Offs, Scientists Dumped 15 Tons of Feral Pig Carcasses Into a Field," 23 Jan. 2020 In the early years of the economic reforms in the 1990s, the then finance minister Manmohan Singh used to oft repeat his belief that when the economy would grow by 7% there would be money that could be used for the social sector growth. S. Gopikrishna Warrier, Quartz India, "Like unchecked growth, economic decline too can have environmental fallouts in India," 20 Jan. 2020 But the plot points also align with the challenges of another oft-fraught realm: that of a family business. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "‘Family culture is like a pickle jar:’ What happens when a family business expert analyzes the #Megxit royal family drama," 17 Jan. 2020 This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept…has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. Jason Sokol, Time, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision Was More Global Than We Remember. The World Mourned Him Accordingly," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Oft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oft?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=oft00001. Accessed 21 Feb. 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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