Recent Examples on the Web: NounThe Russian leader has a history of brinkmanship and prior buildups on the border have come to naught.
Jennifer Jacobs, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2021 Organizations that adopt a laissez-faire approach and expect that coaching will naturally take root after a successful pilot inevitably destine the previous valiant efforts to come to naught.
Thomas Lim, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Sony and Essel held talks in 2019, but these came to naught.
Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 Then came the financial crisis of 2008, and seven years’ worth of taxpayer pain came to naught.
New York Times, 11 May 2021 The effective reproduction number (the R-naught) –– a key indicator of how fast the Covid virus is infecting people –– has declined below 1 for the first time since mid-February.
Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 17 May 2021 And her struggles to absorb some of L’s power, evoked with great subtlety by Cusk, ultimately come to naught.
Claire Dederer, The Atlantic, 4 May 2021 This possibly explains the power, which at naught to 62 mph in five seconds isn’t as fast and furious as some of its competitors.
Nargess Banks, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 But like the big vision of the Sheridan, the HoJo plans came to naught.
James Lileks, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021
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First Known Use of naught
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for naught
Pronoun and Noun
Middle English nought, from Old English nāwiht, from nā no + wiht creature, thing — more at no, wight