What does COULD mean?
Definitions for COULD
kʊd; unstressed kədcould
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word COULD.
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simple past tense of can
Before I was blind, I could see very well.
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).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Couldthe imperfect preterite of can.
Was able to; had power to.
And if I have done well, and as is fitting the story, it is that which I desired; but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could attain unto. 2 Mac. xv. 38.
What if he did not all the ill he could?
Am I oblig’d by that t’ assist his rapines,
And to maintain his murders? John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.
The English modal verbs are a subset of the English auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.). They can be distinguished from other verbs by their defectiveness (they do not have participle or infinitive forms) and by their neutralization (that they do not take the ending -(e)s in the third-person singular). The principal English modal verbs are can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, and must. Certain other verbs are sometimes, but not always, classed as modals; these include ought, had better, and (in certain uses) dare and need. Verbs which share only some of the characteristics of the principal modals are sometimes called "quasi-modals", "semi-modals", or "pseudo-modals".
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
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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Rank popularity for the word 'COULD' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #62
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'COULD' in Written Corpus Frequency: #88
Rank popularity for the word 'COULD' in Verbs Frequency: #14
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The numerical value of COULD in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of COULD in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of COULD in a Sentence
We’re talking about a very old city, the center part is densely packed. Even if you’re trying to hit one thing, you could easily hit something else.
The stakes are too high for me to risk being part of another multicar pileup that could potentially help Mr. Trump recapture the nomination.
It's a tragedy that could have been prevented with one simple step, at any step during that 20-minute rampage -- if Laquan McDonald had dropped that knife -- Laquan McDonald would have been here today.
My vision I feel is back to normal, it could be better.
It has less to do with the social media backlash and more to do with the serious nature of the molestation revelations and whether the scenarios could have been prevented that really has America rethinking the Duggar appeal.
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- θα μπορούσεGreek
- می تواندPersian
- सकता हैHindi
- הָיָה יָכוֹלHebrew
- 할 수 있었다Korean
- ar puteaRomanian
- کر سکتے تھےUrdu
- có thểVietnamese
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