adverb Literary.

  1. often.


  1. short for often (archaic or poetic except in combinations such as oft-repeated and oft-recurring)

abbreviation for (in Britain)

  1. Office of Fair Trading

adv.Old English oft “often, frequently,” from Proto-Germanic *ofta- “frequently” (cf. Old Frisian ofta, Danish ofte, Old High German ofto, German oft, Old Norse opt, Gothic ufta “often”), of unknown origin. Archaic except in compounds (e.g. oft-told), and replaced by its derivative often.

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