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Definitions of should

  1. expresses an emotional, practical, or other reason for doing something; "You had better put on warm clothes"; "You should call your mother-in-law"; "The State ought to repair the bridges" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be expected to; "Parties should be fun" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Pa.t. of SHALL. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Imp. Of SHALL, v. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Of the verb shall; used, first, to express simple futurity or determination from the standpoint of past time according to the rule for the use of shall; as, expressing simple futurity, he said he should go; i said he would go; expressing determination. He said he would go; i said he should go; used, second, to express condition, supposition, etc.; as, if it should rain, do not go; used, third, to express obligation; as, you should try to do better. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. As an auxiliary, should expresses a conditional present, a contingent future, and obligation or duty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. Of shall, which see. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Must; ought; a defective verb, usually denoting promise, obligation, determination, or command. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for should

  1. " I should say so," replied the witness. – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  2. Yes; but what should she say? – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine
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