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Definitions of would:

part of speech: past tense

Of will, wood; as a defective verb the present tense is the following- I will, thou wilt, he will; we, you, or they will; pt. I would, thou wouldst, he would; we, you, or they would; as a regular verb the present tense is the following- I will, thou willest, he wills or willeth; we, you, or they will; will is used as an interrogative, as, " will he do it?".

part of speech: verb

The pt. of will; I wish or wished to; familiarly, wish to do, or to have; should wish; I wish or I pray, as, " would to God," " I would there might be a law to restrain fools"; a would be, vainly professing to be.

part of speech: past tense

Of the auxiliary verb will; used, first, in indirect discourse to express simple futurity or determination from the standpoint of past time, according to the rule for the use of will in direct discourse; as, expressing simple futurity, I said he would go; he said he should go; expressing determination. he siad he would go; I said he should go; used, second, to express a wish ; as, I would I had acted differently; used, third, to express a usual or customary occurrence; as, last summer we would often take long walks; used, fourth, to express what is likely; as, that would make trouble.

Usage examples for would:

  • But would he do so. "The Mandarin's Fan", Fergus Hume
  • Now would I be. "Poems", Edward Shanks
  • I am afraid he would "Concerning Sally", William John Hopkins
  • This was all he would say. "'O Thou, My Austria!'", Ossip Schubin
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