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  1. shouldnoun

    A statement of what should be the case as opposed to what is the case.

  2. shouldverb

    Be obliged to; have an obligation to; ought to;

  3. shouldverb

    Will likely (become or do something);

    You should be warm enough with that coat.

  4. shouldverb

    A variant of would.

  5. Etymology: sceolde, preterite form of sculan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shouldverb

    Etymology: scude, Dutch; sceoldan , Saxon.

    Let not a desperate action more engage you
    Than safety should. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    Some praises come of good wishes and respects, when by telling men what they are, they represent to them what they should be. Francis Bacon.

    To do thee honour I will shed their blood,
    Which the just laws, if I were faultless, should. Edmund Waller.

    So subjects love just kings, or so they should. Dryden.

    I conclude, that things are not as they should be. Jonathan Swift.

    The girls look upon their father as a clown, and the boys think their mother no better than she should be. Addison.

    There is a fabulous narration, that in the northern countries there should be an herb that groweth in the likeness of a lamb, and feedeth upon the grass. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Should

    of Shall

  2. Should

    used as an auxiliary verb, to express a conditional or contingent act or state, or as a supposition of an actual fact; also, to express moral obligation (see Shall); e. g.: they should have come last week; if I should go; I should think you could go

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Should

    shood, pa.t. of shall. [A.S. sceolde, pa.t. of sceal; cf. Shall.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Should' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #88

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Should' in Written Corpus Frequency: #128

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Should' in Verbs Frequency: #20

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Should in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Should in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Should in a Sentence

  1. Vice President Biden:

    We should be proud of where the hell we are, and not yield an inch. But in the meantime, you can’t eat equality. You know?

  2. Wells Fargo:

    The OCC's actions are consistent with my belief that we should hold ourselves and individuals accountable. They also are consistent with our belief that significant parts of the operating model of our Community Bank were flawed.

  3. Nikos Koltsidas:

    It doesn't require the effort it did in the past, where the farmer had to be on the farm the whole day, grazing the animals or milking them with their hands, to those thinking about going back to working in coal, they should look at all the regions that are thriving without it.

  4. Sheriff Rick Staly:

    Tragic disagreements should never result in violence in our streets.

  5. François Fénelon:

    Little opportunities should be improved.

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