ought tomodal verbuk /ˈɔːt ˌtə/ us /ˈɑːt ˌtə /
ought to modal verb (DUTY)
- If there's any doubt about the rocket's engines, we ought to cancel the launch.
- I'm surprised at you behaving so badly - you ought to know better.
- That child ought to be in bed.
- Whoever uprooted that tree ought to be ashamed of themselves.
- Men and women ought to be able to compete for jobs on an equal footing.
- answer for sb/sth
- answer for sth
- answer to sb
- have sth on your hands idiom
- I am not my brother's keeper idiom
- in the hot seat idiom
- it's your own lookout idiom
- saddle sb with sth
- social contract
- stick sb with sth
ought to modal verb (PROBABLE)
- In theory, the journey ought to take three hours, but in practice it usually takes four because of roadworks.
- This sauce needs a bit of flavour - I know, some lemon juice ought to do the trick.
- Your rash ought to clear up quickly if you use this ointment regularly.
- He took his umbrella so he ought not to get wet.
- Mum ought to be home from work by now, so I'll give her a ring.