Definition of nought in English:

nought

noun

British
  • The digit 0.

    naught
    and → ought
    • ‘I thought it was €30,000 I had won but there was a couple of more noughts!’
    • ‘The bill from the hotel came to 1644 Turkish lira followed by six noughts.’
    • ‘In pre-euro days, Italians had little confidence in the lira - and no wonder, with all those absurd noughts that required a focusing of the eyes on the dinner bill.’
    • ‘Inevitably most of the best bits get picked up by the handful of adjacent shopkeepers who can add three noughts to the local price - and get it.’
    • ‘The numbers are moving lightning fast, but are very simple: made up of noughts and ones.’
    • ‘The more precise figure is a big number with a lot of noughts: £5,842, 700,000,000!’
    • ‘Just to see a ‘one’ with those six noughts next to it is hard to believe.’
    • ‘When the money came through, I went to the cash machine, pressed that little button and saw all the noughts come up at the end.’
    • ‘‘Er, no, an eight-figure sum,’ said Gerald Krasner, trying to keep a grip on all the noughts.’
    • ‘It's dangerous to make moral judgments on the Leeds players just because they have more noughts than us on the end of their salaries.’
    • ‘It's worth spelling that out in noughts - $7,000,000, 000,000-to get the true picture.’
    • ‘From July 1 every 10,000 of the old lei will be exchanged for one new leu, knocking four noughts off the currency.’
    • ‘My father worked there for 40 years, I've been a customer for almost another 40, and I still owe it a large number with several noughts on the end.’
    • ‘Multiply population by wealth and compare the two countries - you will have to get rid of some of the noughts or your calculator will overload.’
    • ‘If there's something that sets my tolerance barometer to nought it's people suggesting presents for people they don't know.’
    • ‘I once had to pay a tax bill with a serious number of noughts on it.’
    • ‘Sadly, when some ends of the sporting market do business with seven noughts permanently attached, it is hard to admit failure.’
    • ‘Smailes added: ‘It will add two or three noughts to the value of a painting.’’
    • ‘It is the number one followed by 12 noughts; a trillion pounds is roughly equivalent to the combined gross domestic product of the world's 155 least wealthy nations.’
    • ‘It is far from the first time a country has dispensed with excess noughts - some 50 countries have done so since Germany in 1923.’
    nil, zero, 0
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pronoun

  • variant spelling of naught
    • ‘It is home where the criminal attitude of the children towards women could be prevented and thus the crimes against women in the future could be brought to nought.’
    • ‘Yet the courts of the land counted as nought this wondrous devotion.’
    • ‘We must not believe that the triumph of experimental science reduced to nought the dreams and ideals of the alchemist.’
    • ‘But the fact the Cowboys had never beaten the Broncos counted for nought last weekend.’
    • ‘But if the proposition is that State amendment rules can displace and effectively set at nought the Commonwealth limitation, then we obviously would have difficulty and reject that proposition.’
    • ‘The driver tried to swerve out of he way but it was for nought: they hit the other vehicle head on and died in a blaze of fire.’
    • ‘Most of the Crustacean's money-making schemes came to nought.’
    • ‘Still, there was nought he could do, other than fight and survive.’
    • ‘The existence of a parallel common law right, whereby individual householders who suffer sewer flooding may themselves bring court proceedings when no enforcement order has been made, would set at nought the statutory scheme.’
    • ‘But if I had pride in my learning, I had more in my desire not to remain where there was nought for me but the fading memory of my father's name.’
    • ‘Their good work was set at nought a minute later when Kildare lost the ball in midfield and senior midfielder Martin McGrath raced through to stick the ball in the net four minutes from the interval.’
    • ‘In Frost at Midnight, Coleridge, with his young son at his side, muses on his own childhood in London, where he ‘saw nought lovely but the sky and stars’.’
    • ‘Roudaire's dream came to nought but a few years later, an engineer from Montpellier, Alphonse Duponchel, argued that a railway should be driven across the Sahara linking French colonies in North and West Africa.’
    • ‘One more error and all the good work she had done on Friday would be for nought.’
    nothing, nothing at all, naught
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Pronunciation:

nought

/nɔːt/