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Definitions of would

  1. Of WILL, auxiliary. Expressing desire, assertion, or action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. 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
  3. expresses conditionality or possibility; "I would accept the offer if you upped the salary a bit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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. 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.

Usage examples for would

  1. Oh yes; she would do what she could, she said. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  2. That would block 'em. – Tom of the Raiders by Austin Bishop
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