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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Aucht, v. Also: auht. [The p.t. of Aw v. used as a present.]

1. intr. To be incumbent on, or due to (a person); to be owing to one. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. Prol. 78.
Quha that constranit ar in luifis rage … Weill auchtis thé till gloir and magnifie
1574 St. A. Kirk S. 405.
Quein! quhat auchtis to thé? … ony thing thow aucht to have of it thow sall have

2. tr. To owe; to be owing. c1520-c1535 Nisbet Philem. 18.
Gif he has ony thing anoyit thee, outhir auchtis
1565 Peebles B. Rec. 300.
To … streinye all and sindre quha was auhting annuallis to Schir James Dauidsoun

b. To deserve to be. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2.
Weil auchtest thou couerit to be with sabyl

3. To own, be owner of. 1608 St. A. Baxter Bks. 72.
That … na strangeris … see the handlyng, bot thai that awcht the meate
1650 Stirling Ant. IV. 156.
She speired [quha] was aughting the kow that was foremost

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