see also: OFT
Pronunciation Adverb

oft (comparative ofter, superlative oftest)

  1. (chiefly, poetic, dialectal, and in combination) often; frequently; not rarely
    An oft-told tale
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, Act II, Scene 1, 1765, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens (editors), The Plays of William Shakespeare, Volume 4, 1778, page 45 ↗,
      What I can do, can do no hurt to try: / Since you ſet up your reſt 'gainſt remedy: / He that of greateſt works is finiſher, / Oft does them by the weakeſt miniſter; / So holy writ in babes hath judgment ſhown, / When judges have been babes.
    • 1819, George Gordon Byron, John Galt (biography), The Pophecy of Dante, Canto the Fourth, 1857, The Complete Works of Lord Byron, Volume 1, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=cqNOAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA403&dq=%22And+how+is+it+that+they,+the+sons+of+fame%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nJ9rUbW4ENCaiAfM5YDwCQ&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22And%20how%20is%20it%20that%20they%2C%20the%20sons%20of%20fame%22&f=false page 403],
      And how is it that they, the sons of fame, / Whose inspiration seems to them to shine / From high, they whom the nations oftest name, / Must pass their days in penury or pain, / Or step to grandeur through the paths of shame, / And wear a deeper brand and gaudier chain?
    • 1902, James H. Mulligan, In Kentucky, quoted in 2005, Wade Hall (editor), The Kentucky Anthology, page 203 ↗,
      The moonlight falls the softest / In Kentucky; / The summer days come oftest / In Kentucky;
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  1. (UK) Initialism of Office of Fair Trading

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