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  1. expresses conditionality or possibility; "I would accept the offer if you upped the salary a bit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. of Will Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. See 2d Weld. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Of the auxiliary verb will; used, first, in indirect discourse to express simple futurity or determination from the standpoint of past time, according to the rule for the use of will in direct discourse; as, expressing simple futurity, I said he would go; he said he should go; expressing determination. he siad he would go; I said he should go; used, second, to express a wish ; as, I would I had acted differently; used, third, to express a usual or customary occurrence; as, last summer we would often take long walks; used, fourth, to express what is likely; as, that would make trouble. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Pa.t. of WILL. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Of WILL, auxiliary. Expressing desire, assertion, or action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Of Will; used as an auxiliary verb in conditional forms of speech; as, "I would go, if I could;" wish or pray, particularly in the phrases, "would to God," "would God we had died in Egypt;" wish to do or to have, as, what wouldst thou I You would go, or he would go, denotes simply an event under a condition or supposition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Of will, wood; as a defective verb the present tense is the following-I will, thou wilt, he will; we, you, or they will; pt. I would, thou wouldst, he would; we, you, or they would; as a regular verb the present tense is the following-I will, thou willest, he wills or willeth; we, you, or they will; will is used as an interrogative, as, "will he do it?". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. The pt. of will; I wish or wished to; familiarly, wish to do, or to have; should wish; I wish or I pray, as, "would to God," "I would there might be a law to restrain fools"; a would be, vainly professing to be. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. wood, pa.t. of will.--adj. WOULD'-BE, aspiring, trying, or merely professing to be.--n. a vain pretender. [A.S. wolde, pa.t. of willan.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. imp. Of will, used as an auxiliary verb with an infinitive , to which it gives the force of the subjunctive mood; also to express condition or supposition; to express a simple desire, to wish to do, or to wish to have. Cabinet Dictionary

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