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[ wood; unstressed wuhd ]
/ wʊd; unstressed wəd /
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auxiliary verb

verb (used with object)

(used to express a wish): Would he were here!

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Idioms for would

    would like, (used to express desire): I would like to go next year.
    would rather. rather (def. 9).

Origin of would

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First recorded before 900; Middle English would, wald(e), wold(e), wuld(e), Old English wolde, walde;see origin at will1
See should.
1. will, would 2. should, would (see confusables note at should)

Definition for would (2 of 2)

would2
[ wohld ]
/ woʊld /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for would

would
/ (wʊd, unstressed wəd) /

verb (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)

used as an auxiliary to form the past tense or subjunctive mood of will 1
(with you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject) used as an auxiliary to indicate willingness or desire in a polite mannerwould you help me, please?
used as an auxiliary to describe a past action as being accustomed or habitualevery day we would go for walks
I wishwould that he were here
See should
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Idioms and Phrases with would

would

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