What does could mean?

Definitions for couldkʊd; unstressed kəd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word could.

Wiktionary

  1. could(Verb)

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    You could try adding more salt to the soup.

  2. could(Verb)

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    You could try adding more salt to the soup.

  3. could(Verb)

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    You could try adding more salt to the soup.

  4. could(Verb)

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    You could try adding more salt to the soup.

  5. Origin: From coude, from cuþ, preterite form of cunnan. The addition of the silent 'l' was likely a misappropriation attempting to normalize with modal verbs will/would and shall/should.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Could

    of Can

  2. Could

    was, should be, or would be, able, capable, or susceptible. Used as an auxiliary, in the past tense or in the conditional present

  3. Origin: [OF. coude. The l was inserted by mistake, under the influence of should and would.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Could

    kood, pa.t. of Can. [M. E. coude, couth—A.S. cúðe for cunðe, was able; l is inserted from the influence of would and should.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'could' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #62

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'could' in Written Corpus Frequency: #88

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'could' in Verbs Frequency: #14

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of could in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of could in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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