As a past-tense form of will.
As a modal verb.
commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will
see 2d Weld
Origin: [OE. & AS. wolde. See Will, v. t.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wood, pa.t. of will.—adj. Would′-be, aspiring, trying, or merely professing to be.—n. a vain pretender. [A.S. wolde, pa.t. of willan.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'would' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #43
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'would' in Written Corpus Frequency: #55
Rank popularity for the word 'would' in Verbs Frequency: #6
The numerical value of would in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of would in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I would look at material flow, I would look at processes, I would look at the design of the airplane with people in mind - how the work would be performed. I would design the airplane with specific areas of automation in mind.
I was not imitating. I would never -- who would ever do that? If somebody had a disability, who would mock a disability? I would never. I'm a smart person ... Who would ever mock somebody, especially if you're running for office? i would have not done it, because it's confusing.
What would I have done? I would have took my gun, I would have put it to Obama's head and I would have pulled the trigger, then I would have released more bullets on the Senate and the House of Representative members, and I would have attacked the Israeli Embassy and various other buildings full of kafir (a Muslim term for infidel) who want to wage war against us Muslims and shed our blood. That's what would happen.
Would be Hillary be helpful? Yes she would, but she is not the only one who would help. There are a lot of Democrats at the top of the ticket who would be helpful. Would Elizabeth Warren be helpful. Yes she would. Would Joe Biden be helpful? Yes he would. I don't agree with this whole notion that it has to Hillary Clinton or it won't be a positive. I don't think that's the case at all. A presidential year is going to be helpful for us.
If your stories were real I would scream my dissolution amongst the searching soul; if wishes were not so unreal I would disappear, careless, in the wind; and if words were not all vain and meaningless I would tell everyone that life is a state of mind and we are nothing but what we have been told. If changing the world really meant something I would form a new fucking republic; and if truth existed I would kill philosophy; if god existed I would be scared.
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