\ 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

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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 Most players at that level were either overlooked or cut out of the country’s traditional — and oft-criticized — development model built around pay-to-play club teams and scarce NCAA scholarships. Jack Harris, latimes.com, "U.S. World Cup hero Paul Caligiuri succeeds at grass-roots level with Orange County FC," 12 June 2019 That fact, in addition to arguments that charter would be more expensive, less transparent, and that there is no compelling reason to change, are oft-cited by charter opponents. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Charter government pros and cons examined as Carroll County commissioners prepare to hear options," 24 July 2019 That bold work almost makes Ms. Kaminski’s very bad idea for her students — and Coble’s oft hilarious play — seem like child’s play. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Theater review: “Fairfield” at Miners Alley is an ouchy-funny race comedy," 22 July 2019 The oft-quotable Fisher then held court for about the next 30 minutes, in helping to make up for the losses of resident league jesters Steve Spurrier, Bret Bielema and Les Miles in recent years. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "SEC Media Days: 5 Takeaways from Day 2," 16 July 2019 At least 50 other global cities, seeking a simple way to keep track of the new and oft-controversial scooters on their streets, have adopted the Mobility Data Standard, too. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation," 25 June 2019 Krug is scheduled to cross the 500-game threshold in 2019-20, and despite some defensive limitations that are oft-overblown by his critics, has developed into an essential talent on a team that Sweeney has tailored hand-in-glove with his skill set. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Torey Krug wants to remain a Bruin — at the right price," 22 June 2019 Instead, Hill exited the mound after warming up in the second inning with left forearm discomfort, forcing the Dodgers to use an oft-inconsistent bullpen for eight innings. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ first-inning failures are simply staggering, show up again in another blowout," 19 June 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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Kids Definition of oft

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

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