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would

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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 about 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

words often confused with would

See should.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH would

1. will, would 2. should, would (see confusables note at should)

Other definitions 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

undefined would

See should
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Other Idioms and Phrases with would

would

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