oft (adv.) O.E. oft "often, frequently," from P.Gmc. *ofta- "frequently" (Cf. O.Fris. ofta, Dan. ofte, O.H.G. ofto, Ger. oft, O.N. opt, Goth. ufta "often"), of unknown origin. Archaic except in compounds (e.g. oft-told), and replaced by its derivative OFTEN (Cf. often).

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  • Oft — Oft, öfter, am öftesten, adv. 1) Mehr als Ein Mahl, ohne den Nebenbegriff der Vielheit; mehrmahls. Ein gutes Wort richtet oft mehr aus, als ein böses. Man sagt oft ein Wort, welches man nicht so meinet. Besonders mit den Partikeln wie und so. Wie …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • oft- — UK [ɒft] US [ɔft] prefix often used with the past participle of many verbs Follow the simple and oft repeated safety rules. the oft stated view that the government had acted correctly Thesaurus: prefixeshyponym * * * oft 7 [oft …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oft — ([o^]ft; 115), adv. [AS. oft; akin to OS. & G. oft, OHG. ofto, Sw. ofta, Dan. ofte, Icel. opt, Goth. ufta; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Often}.] Often; frequently; not rarely; many times. [Poetic] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Oft she rejects, but never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oft — Adv std. (8. Jh.), mhd. oft(e), ahd. ofto, as. ofto, ohto Stammwort. Aus g. * ufta (mit verschiedenen Kasusformen) oft , auch in gt. ufta, anord. opt, ae. oft, afr. ofta. Herkunft unklar. Vielleicht zu ob2 und seiner Sippe als übermäßig . Vgl.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • oft — OFT, ofturi, s.n. (înv. şi reg.) Oftat, suspin; p. ext. amărăciune, regret, durere, suferinţă, deznădejde. – Din aht. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  OFT s. v. oftare, oftat, suspin, suspinare, suspinat. Trimis de siveco,… …   Dicționar Român

  • oft — [Basiswortschatz (Rating 1 1500)] Bsp.: • Ich besuche sie oft. • Die Kinder sind in der Schule und mein Mann ist oft abwesend. • Ich spiele oft Tennis mit meinem Freund Jack …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • oft — [ôft] adv. [ME < OE, akin to Ger oft, Dan ofte, Swed ofta, Goth ufta] literary var. of OFTEN: now chiefly in compounds [an oft heard expression] …   English World dictionary

  • OFT — Office of Fair Trading (OFT) The organisation set up to police competition legislation and to protect the rights of consumers in the UK. OFT website: Related links DGFT Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms …   Law dictionary

  • oft — [ɔft US o:ft] adv literary [: Old English;] often oft repeated/quoted etc ▪ oft repeated advice …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oft- — [ ɔft ] prefix often: used with the past participle of many verbs: Follow the simple and oft repeated safety rules. the oft stated view that the government was to blame …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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