WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
would1 /wʊd; unstressed wəd/USA pronunciation
auxiliary (modal) verb [~ + root form of a verb]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- the past tense of will1.
- (used to express the future when a past tense verb appears in a clause before it):He said (that) he would go tomorrow.
- (used in place of will to soften a statement or question):Would you be so kind?
- (used to express an action that was a habit in the past):Years ago, we would take the train every morning.
- (used to express the wish or intention of someone):Nutritionists would have us all eat whole grains.
- (used to express lack of certainty):It would appear that he is guilty.
- (used to show that there is a choice or a possibility or that an action, etc., depends on a condition being fulfilled):They would come if they had the fare.
- Idiomswould like, (used to express one's desire to do something):I would like to go next year.
(wŏŏd; unstressed wəd),USA pronunciation v.
- a pt. and pp. of will 1.
- (used to express the future in past sentences):He said he would go tomorrow.
- (used in place of will, to make a statement or form a question less direct or blunt):That would scarcely be fair. Would you be so kind?
- (used to express repeated or habitual action in the past):We would visit Grandma every morning up at the farm.
- (used to express an intention or inclination):Nutritionists would have us all eat whole grains.
- (used to express a wish):Would he were here!
- (used to express an uncertainty):It would appear that he is guilty.
- (used in conditional sentences to express choice or possibility):They would come if they had the fare. If the temperature were higher, the water would evaporate.
- would have, (used with a past participle to express unfulfilled intention or preference):I would have saved you some but Jimmy took it all.
- would like, (used to express desire):I would like to go next year.
- would rather. See rather (def. 7).
(wōld)),USA pronunciation n.
- Middle English, Old English wolde. See will1 bef. 900
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would /wʊd; (unstressed) wəd/ vb
takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive:
- used as an auxiliary to form the past tense or subjunctive mood of will1
- with you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject: used as an auxiliary to indicate willingness or desire in a polite manner: would you help me, please?
- used as an auxiliary to describe a past action as being accustomed or habitual: every day we would go for walks
- I wish: would that he were here
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