What does would-be mean?

Definitions for would-be

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manque, would-be(a)(adj)

    unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition


  1. would-be(Adjective)

    attempting or desiring something

    Would-be marines have to get through a rigorous examination.

  2. would-be(Adjective)

    unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition

    Would-be film stars often become waitresses.

  3. Origin: From would + be.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Would-be(adj)

    desiring or professing to be; vainly pretending to be; as, a would-be poet


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of would-be in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of would-be in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Green Ingersoll:

    If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.

  2. Alexander Stubb:

    Our international position would probably weaken, our currency rate would become unsustainable... our country risk would be high and we would be likely driven into a situation where interest rates would increase.

  3. Walter Odisho:

    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.

  4. Kim Davis:

    I would have to either make a decision to stand or I would have to buckle down and leave, and if I left, resigned or chose to retire, I would have no voice for God’s word. So when that day came, she issued an edict : No more marriage licenses would be issued in Rowan County. It was a decision that would bring down the wrath of militant LGBT activists and their supporters.

  5. James Clyburn:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of would-be

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