ought to Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “ought to” in the English Dictionary

"ought to" in British English

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ought tomodal verb

uk   /ˈɔːt ˌtə/  us   /ˈɑːt- /

ought to modal verb (DUTY)

B1 used to show when it is ​necessary or would be a good thing to ​perform the ​activity referred to by the ​followingverb: [+ infinitive] You ought to be ​kinder to him. We ought not/oughtn't to haveagreed without ​knowing what it would ​cost. "We ought to be getting ​ready now." "Yes, I ​guess we ought (to)."
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ought to modal verb (PROBABLE)

B2 used to ​express something that you ​expect will ​happen: He ought to be ​home by seven o'clock. They ought to havearrived at ​lunchtime but the ​flight was ​delayed. If you show the ​receipt, there ought not to be any ​difficulty getting ​yourmoney back.
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