[woo d; unstressed wuh d]
  1. a simple past tense and past participle of will1.
  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.
  1. would like, (used to express desire): I would like to go next year.
  2. would rather. rather(def 9).

Origin of would

before 900; Middle English, Old English wolde. See will1

Usage note

See should.
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verb (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)
  1. used as an auxiliary to form the past tense or subjunctive mood of will 1
  2. (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?
  3. used as an auxiliary to describe a past action as being accustomed or habitualevery day we would go for walks
  4. I wishwould that he were here


See should
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Word Origin and History for woulded


Old English wolde, past tense of willan "to will" (see will (v.)). Would-be (adj.) "wishing, pretending" is first recorded c.1300.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with woulded


In addition to the idioms beginning with would

  • would rather
  • would that

also see:

  • as luck would have it
  • fly on the wall, would like to be a

Also see underwouldn't.

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