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[awft, oft]
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  1. often.

Origin of oft

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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oft

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 for (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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