Main definitions of oft in English

: oft1OFT2

oft1

adverb

  • in combination ‘an oft-quoted tenet’
    archaic or literary form of often
    • ‘The oft heard phrase in football is that defense wins games.’
    • ‘Did she consider this a chance to tell her personal side of an oft - reported story?’
    • ‘It was a touchstone for unity in an oft fractured region.’
    • ‘The textile industry, oft hailed as a saviour to poor countries with abundant cheap labour, hasn't boomed as expected.’
    • ‘I don't suppose even the full concert version, let alone the vigil will be oft performed, which is a shame.’
    • ‘The other oft trotted-out truism is that the yard supports far more people than just the shipbuilders.’
    • ‘As is oft said, we are indeed a fortunate lot to live in a city that has such good radio stations.’
    • ‘There is another more serious allegation, oft repeated, that I'd like to lay to rest.’
    • ‘She questioned the Government's oft repeated announcements of winning the hearts and minds of people.’
    • ‘Yet the course of true love oft runs at the side to father's hate.’
    • ‘Those jokes will certainly be oft repeated during the course of the current federal election campaign.’
    • ‘This very familiar and oft repeated saying takes its origin from a circumstance which occurred many years ago in Carlisle.’
    • ‘Despite the oft disparaging remarks about wives, we are of course a lovely bunch.’
    • ‘Similarly, the great bugbear ‘neo-liberalism’ was oft decried but never defined.’
    • ‘He even won one at Blackburn, a fact oft forgotten.’
    • ‘Finally, regardless of who ultimately holds the keys to scientific knowledge, what happens to nature, the oft purported object of science?’
    • ‘I don't sleep very heavily and my creative moments oft come in the latest of hours, so naturally night is my time in the summer.’
    • ‘How oft when men are at the point of death have they been merry!’
    • ‘In this book review he discusses symbiosis in evolution, an oft neglected part of the whole evolutionary story.’
    • ‘This week of the opening of the baseball season is an appropriate time to recall an incident that has oft been mistold in the retelling.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to German oft.

Pronunciation

oft

/ɒft/

Main definitions of oft in English

: oft1OFT2

OFT2

  • (in the UK) Office of Fair Trading.

Pronunciation

OFT

/əʊɛfˈtiː/