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Definitions of would

  1. expresses conditionality or possibility; " I would accept the offer if you upped the salary a bit"
  2. Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & amp; 3d Will.
  3. Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will.
  4. 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.
  5. Of WILL, auxiliary. Expressing desire, assertion, or action.
  6. 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.
  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?".
  8. 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.

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
  3. So what would they do? – Space Platform by Murray Leinster
  4. How would she look? – Lucile Triumphant by Elizabeth M. Duffield
  5. How that would look! – Among the Pond People by Clara Dillingham Pierson
  6. It would have to be.... – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  7. What would you have done then?" – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  8. No. But he said that you would know him. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  9. She would tell me! – Who? by Elizabeth Kent
  10. You would do what I like? – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  11. I said that I would. – The Maids of Paradise by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  12. How you would love! – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  13. Would you like to see what that is? – The Millionaire Baby by Anna Katharine Green
  14. I said it would. – Mr. Hogarth's Will by Catherine Helen Spence
  15. You would know that." – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  16. She would not speak. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  17. I would not go. – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  18. Oh, would you do that? – A Dear Little Girl at School by Amy E. Blanchard
  19. And so would I! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  20. And where would they be now? – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
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