Translation of "ought" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ɔːt/ us /ɔt/
ought to do something

B1 used to say or ask what someone should do

debería hacer algo
You ought to see a doctor.
ought to be/do something

used to say that you expect something to be true or that you expect something to happen

debería estar/hacer algo
She ought to be home by now.

(Translation of “ought” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /oːt/ (negative short form oughtn’t /ˈoːtnt/)

(usually with to)

used to indicate duty; should

You ought to help them
He oughtn’t to have done that.

used to indicate something that one could reasonably expect; should

He ought to have been able to do it.

(Translation of “ought” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)