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Definitions of would

  1.   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.
  2.   of Will
  3.   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.
  4.   Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will.
  5.   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?".
  6.   expresses conditionality or possibility; " I would accept the offer if you upped the salary a bit"
  7.   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.
  8.   Of WILL, auxiliary. Expressing desire, assertion, or action.
  9.   See 2d Weld.
  10.   Pa. t. of WILL.
  11.   Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & amp; 3d Will.

Quotes of would

  1. I would find myself backing away from all of the "isms," all of the communities. I have always been able to be misused by every community But that is OK. I would rather be misused than neglected. – Anthony Braxton
  2. Just as radical heirs apparent are said to lay aside all inconvenient revolutionary opinions when they come to the throne, it was believed that Mr. Mill in Parliament would be an entirely different person from Mr. Mill in his study. – Millicent Fawcett
  3. Most people go, I wish for world peace. But chaos has a place in balancing out the light and the dark in the world. I don't know if I would wish for world peace. – Brendan Fraser
  4. Well, you go to Holland and everybody's on a bike- nobody would think to have a car. – Stone Gossard
  5. By the by, if the English race had done nothing else, yet if they left the world the notion of a gentleman, they would have done a great service to mankind. – Gerard Manley Hopkins
  6. About the only other thing I'd want would be a wider neck. My fingers are so fat that sometimes I deaden the string next to the one I'm fretting. – Terry Kath
  7. I figured my body always would be able to repair itself. I think all of us believe that- until you begin to age and get hit with deteriorating joints. – Lee Majors
  8. I would never abdicate, nor would I expect any other governor to abdicate, the responsibility to protect the people of my state. – Joe Manchin
  9. I think if I had to do it over again, I'd do it the same way. I would just put more resources into getting the public diplomacy part much stronger than we were able to. – John Poindexter
  10. On the steps is a machine -gun ready for action. The square is empty; only the streets that lead into it are jammed with people. It would be madness to go farther- the machine -gun is covering the square. – Erich Maria Remarque
  11. I don't get high, but sometimes I wish I did. That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse. But right now there's no rehab for stupidity. – Chris Rock
  12. Here's the thing- I'm single, I haven't been married, I don't have kids yet. If I do have kids I would be interested to see them in my life, so here's a movie for kids and I'm in there and I'm supposed to be kind of funny for kids. – Garry Shandling
  13. I do interviews because it's a chance to be myself. I sometimes wonder what I could have to say that would be of any interest. I don't have any great wisdom. – Parker Stevenson
  14. Being a producer, I deal with a lot of different directors, and some of them would drive me insane with all the different histrionics, and the mystique that they carry. – Matthew Vaughn
  15. I wouldn't do just a tour, it would have to be an album, and the album would have to beat Pull. – Kip Winger

Usage examples for would

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

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