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would1 /wʊd; unstressed wəd/USA pronunciation   auxiliary (modal) verb [+ root form of a verb]
  1. the past tense of will1.
  2. (used to express the future when a past tense verb appears in a clause before it):He said (that) he would go tomorrow.
  3. (used in place of will to soften a statement or question):Would you be so kind?
  4. (used to express an action that was a habit in the past):Years ago, we would take the train every morning.
  5. (used to express the wish or intention of someone):Nutritionists would have us all eat whole grains.
  6. (used to express lack of certainty):It would appear that he is guilty.
  7. (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.
Idioms
  1. Idiomswould like, (used to express one's desire to do something):I would like to go next year.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
would1  (wŏŏd; unstressed wəd),USA pronunciation v. 
  1. a pt. and pp. of  will 1.
  2. (used to express the future in past sentences):He said he would go tomorrow.
  3. (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?
  4. (used to express repeated or habitual action in the past):We would visit Grandma every morning up at the farm.
  5. (used to express an intention or inclination):Nutritionists would have us all eat whole grains.
  6. (used to express a wish):Would he were here!
  7. (used to express an uncertainty):It would appear that he is guilty.
  8. (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.
  9. would have, (used with a past participle to express unfulfilled intention or preference):I would have saved you some but Jimmy took it all.
  10. would like, (used to express desire):I would like to go next year.
  11. would rather. See  rather (def. 7).
  • Middle English, Old English wolde. See will1 bef. 900
    See  should. 

would2  (wōld)),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. weld2.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

would /wʊd; (unstressed) wəd/ vb
takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive:
  1. used as an auxiliary to form the past tense or subjunctive mood of will1
  2. 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?
  3. used as an auxiliary to describe a past action as being accustomed or habitual: every day we would go for walks
  4. I wish: would that he were here
USAGE
should




'would' also found in these entries:
Collocations: would [come, go, drive] but, would not [want, know, think, mind], would love to [come, go, eat, speak], more...

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