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noun as in commitment


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There was a string, dating back to the late oughts, when I rarely missed one.

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When companies do bad things they ought to be held accountable for them.

We ought to seek Chinese cooperation in a response to this North Korean act of aggression.

Then when we arrive at his flat in Shepherd's Bush following the escape, perhaps there ought to be remnants of the ladder.

The officers explained that those Sikhs had been lynched to death and that Singh ought to anticipate the same fate for himself.

“Novelist good for nothing else,” said Samuel Beckett, and that ought to be taken as a compliment.

And is this a mere fantastic talk, or is this a thing that could be done and that ought to be done?

I, therefore, deliver it as a maxim, that whoever desires the character of a proud man ought to conceal his vanity.

When we speak against one capital vice, we ought to speak against its opposite; the middle betwixt both is the point for virtue.

I really ought to visit my California estates, and I have always wanted to see that part of America.

But she told Grandfather Mole that it was all right—that she knew a person of his age ought not to go without his breakfast.

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On this page you'll find 274 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to ought, such as: concern, need, tax, care, commitment, and committal.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.