[ woo d; unstressed wuh d ]
/ wʊd; unstressed wəd /


Nearby words

  1. wotan,
  2. wotcher,
  3. wotton,
  4. wouk,
  5. wouk, herman,
  6. would rather,
  7. would that,
  8. would-be,
  9. wouldn't,
  10. wouldn't dream of


    would like, (used to express desire): I would like to go next year.
    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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British Dictionary definitions for woulded


/ (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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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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