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[awft, oft] /ɔft, ɒft/
adverb, Literary.
1.
Origin of oft
900
before 900; Middle English oft(e), Old English oft; cognate with Old Frisian ofta, Old Saxon oft(o), German oft, Old Norse opt
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  • It makes no difference whether you are on duty or oft duty, so far as this Company is concerned.

  • When yet a child I oft have dried my tears when thou hast smil'd.

    Endymion John Keats
  • And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.

  • I oft sat beside him in the Circus or at the games last year.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • oft have I seen the poor, miserable little one turn out not only the best, but biggest dog.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • oft, oft, her ownself to destroy, Her own hand nature does employ.

    Romantic Ballads George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for oft

oft

/ɒft/
adverb
1.
short for often (archaic or poetic except in combinations such as oft-repeated and oft-recurring)
Word Origin
Old English oft; related to Old High German ofto

OFT

abbreviation (in Britain)
1.
Office of Fair Trading
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Word Origin and History for oft
adv.

Old English oft "often, frequently," from Proto-Germanic *ofta- "frequently" (cf. Old Frisian ofta, Danish ofte, Old High German ofto, German oft, Old Norse opt, Gothic ufta "often"), of unknown origin. Archaic except in compounds (e.g. oft-told), and replaced by its derivative often.

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