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kʊd; unstressed kədCOULD

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Wiktionary

  1. couldverb

    simple past tense of can

    Before I was blind, I could see very well.

    Etymology: From Middle English coude, couthe, cuthe, from Old English cūþe, past indicative and past subjunctive form of cunnan ("to be able") (compare related cūþ, whence English couth). The silent 'l' was added in the early 16th century by analogy with should and would, at which time the 'l' in those words was already also silent (and was sometimes not written, leading to shudd, wode, etc).[1]

  2. couldverb

    conditional of can Used as a past subjunctive. Used to politely ask for permission to do something. Used to politely ask for someone else to do something. Used to show the possibility that something might happen. Used to suggest something.

    I think he could do it if he really wanted to.

    Etymology: From Middle English coude, couthe, cuthe, from Old English cūþe, past indicative and past subjunctive form of cunnan ("to be able") (compare related cūþ, whence English couth). The silent 'l' was added in the early 16th century by analogy with should and would, at which time the 'l' in those words was already also silent (and was sometimes not written, leading to shudd, wode, etc).[1]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Could

    of Can

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

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

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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

Examples of COULD in a Sentence

  1. Duke Storen:

    While I wish we could have put the benefit in the hands of families sooner -- they needed them a month ago, but they also need these benefits today.

  2. Lory Manning:

    The number of reports could be due to more confidence that justice will be done, however it could also mean that more assaults are occurring — or both. The increase in reporting should not be spun as good news while sexual assaults continue unabated.

  3. Joachim Saur:

    I was always brainstorming how we could use a telescope in other ways, is there a way you could use a telescope to look inside a planetary body? Then I thought, the aurorae! Because aurorae are controlled by the magnetic field, if you observe the aurorae in an appropriate way, you learn something about the magnetic field. If you know the magnetic field, then you know something about the moon's interior.

  4. Jorn Teske:

    As long as we have no financial support from the government side, or from whomever else, we couldn't manage the normal fee. The risk is by far too high, we found a solution for 2019, quite surprisingly, but this was a special situation. If we could find another solution for a mid-term agreement we would like to have it but at the moment we are concentrating on this season. This is challenging enough.

  5. Michael Cristofano:

    I first found it surprising and laughable. Then you start to think what could have happened. Someone could have been in the car.

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