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Meaning of “ought” - Learner’s Dictionary

ought

modal verb     /ɔːt/
ought to do sth
B1 used to say or ask what is the correct or best thing to do: We ought to tidy up before we go. You ought to see a doctor. He ought to have told her the truth. Ought I to phone her?Duty, obligation and responsibility
ought to be/do sth
B2 used to say that you expect something to be true or that you expect something to happen: She ought to be home by seven. He ought to pass the exam this time. Possible and probable
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