There,” he said, smiling at the young actor, “that ought to fit just right now.
It is a good general principle that we ought not hold teenage wrongdoing against middle-aged people.
It seems like there ought to be some better use of that money than paying underperforming teachers to go away.
She said, ‘There ought to be a law against actors getting married.’
That you ought to get out of this and throw your support to Santorum.
I ought to have remembered what an hour it was,—more than half-past two.
You ought to hear the things he can tell you about dam building.
"That ought not to make any difference, mamma," said Lady Sarah.
It ought to make you try, to know you are the only thing I have.
I stayed until I had persuaded her father that he ought to give her to me.
Old English ahte "owned, possessed," past tense of agan "to own, possess, owe" (see owe). As a past tense of owe, it shared in that word's evolution and meant at times in Middle English "possessed" and "under obligation to pay." It has been detached from owe since 17c., though he aught me ten pounds is recorded as active in East Anglian dialect from c.1825. As an auxiliary verb expressing duty or obligation (late 12c., the main modern use), it represents the past subjunctive.
"something," Old English awiht "aught, anything, something," literally "e'er a whit," from Proto-Germanic *aiwi "ever" (from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity;" see eon) + *wihti "thing, anything whatever" (see wight). In Shakespeare, Milton and Pope, aught and ought occur indiscriminately.