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aught

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or ought

[ awt ]
/ ɔt /
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noun
anything whatever; any part: for aught I know.
adverb
Archaic. in any degree; at all; in any respect.
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Origin of aught

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English aught, ought, Old English āht, āwiht, ōwiht, equivalent to ā, ō “ever” + wiht “thing”; see wight1

Other definitions for aught (2 of 4)

aught2

or ought

[ awt ]
/ ɔt /

noun
a cipher (0); zero.
aughts, the first decade of any century, especially the years 1900 through 1909 or 2000 through 2009.

Origin of aught

2
First recorded in 1820–25; from a naught, taken as an aught (cf. auger). See naught

Other definitions for aught (3 of 4)

aught3
[ awkht ]
/ ɔxt /

verb (used with object) Scot.
to own; possess.
to owe (someone or something); be obligated to.
adjective Scot.
possessed of.
noun
Archaic.
  1. ownership; possession.
  2. property; a possession.

Origin of aught

3
First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English æht; cognate with Old High German ēht, Gothic aihts; akin to owe, own

Other definitions for aught (4 of 4)

aught4
[ awkht ]
/ ɔxt /

adjective Scot.

Origin of aught

4
First recorded in 1100–50; Middle English aghte, aughte, variant of eighte; see eight
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British Dictionary definitions for aught (1 of 2)

aught1

ought used with a negative or in conditional or interrogative sentences or clauses

archaic, or literary

pronoun
anything at all; anything whatever (esp in the phrase for aught I know)
adverb
dialect in any least part; to any degree

Word Origin for aught

Old English āwiht, from ā ever, ay 1 + wiht thing; see wight 1

British Dictionary definitions for aught (2 of 2)

aught2

ought

/ (ɔːt) /

noun
a less common word for nought
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