What does WOULD mean?

Definitions for WOULD
wʊd; unstressed wədwould

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  1. wouldverb

    As a past-tense form of will.

  2. wouldverb

    As a modal verb.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wouldthe preterite of will.

    If God’s providence did not so order it, cheats would daily be committed, which would justle private men out of their rights, and unhinge states. John Ray.

    He by the rules of his own mind, could construe no other end of mens doings but self-seeking, suddenly feared what they could do, and as suddenly suspected what they would do, and as suddenly hated them, as having both might and mind so to do. Philip Sidney.

    She would give her a lesson for walking so late, that should make her keep within doors for one fortnight. Philip Sidney.

    Jealous Philoclea, that was even jealous of herself; for Zelmane would needs have her glove. Philip Sidney.

    You would be satisfied? ——
    Would? nay, and will. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    They know not what they are, nor what they would be, any further than that they would not be what they are. Roger L'Estrange.

    It will be needless to enumerate all the simple ideas belonging to each sense: nor indeed is it possible if we would; there being a great many more of them belonging to most of the senses than we have names for. John Locke.

    By pleasure and pain I would be understood to signify, whatsoever delights or molests us, whether from the thoughts of our minds, or any thing operating on our bodies. John Locke.

    What wouldst thou with us? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Mr. Slender, what would you with me? ——
    —— I Would little or nothing with you. William Shakespeare.

    Celia! if you apprehend
    The muse of your incensed friend;
    Nor would that he record your blame,
    And make it live; repeat the same;
    Again deceive him, and again,
    And then he swears he’ll not complain. Edmund Waller.

    The excess of diet would be avoided. Francis Bacon.

    As for percolation, which belongeth to separation, trial would be made by clarifying by adhesion, with milk put into new beer and stirred with it. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    I would my father look’d but with my eyes. William Shakespeare.

    I would this musick would come. William Shakespeare.

    I, this sound I better know:
    Wise men will do it without a law; I would there might be a law to restrain fools. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    List! I would I could hear mo. Ben Jonson.

    This is yet the outward, fairest side
    Of our design: within rests more of fear
    Than my most worthy lords, I would there were. Daniel.

    Would thou hadst hearken’d to my words, and stay’d
    With me, as I besought thee, when that strange
    Desire of wand’ring, this unhappy morn,
    Possess’d thee. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Would God we might prevent the need of such unkindly expedients, and by a thankful sense of what we have, provide to conserve it. Decay of Piety.

    I scarce am pleas’d, I tamely mount the throne,
    Would Aurengzebe had all their souls in one. Dryden.

    And would to heav’n the storm you felt, would bring
    On Carthaginian coasts your wand’ring king. Dryden.

  2. Weld or or Wouldnoun

    luteola, Latin. Yellow weed, or dyers weed.

    Its leaves are oblong and intire: it has an anomalous flower, consisting of many dissimilar leaves: the fruit is globular, hollow, and divided into three parts. The dyers use it for dying bright yellows and lemon colours; and this is by some supposed to be the plant used by the ancient Picts in painting their bodies. Philip Miller.


  1. would

    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 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".


  1. would

    The word "would" is a verb form used to express a conditional action or event that is hypothetical, probable, or desired but not yet realized or certain. It often indicates an intention, preference, or possibility in the past, present, or future. Additionally, "would" can function as a modal verb to indicate a polite request, suggestion, or advice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Would

    of Will

  2. Wouldverb

    commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will

  3. Wouldnoun

    see 2d Weld

  4. Etymology: [OE. & AS. wolde. See Will, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Would

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WOULD' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #43

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WOULD' in Written Corpus Frequency: #55

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WOULD' in Verbs Frequency: #6

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WOULD in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WOULD in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of WOULD in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Planned Parenthood:

    Eyal Press writes in The New Yorker. Audm subscribers can listen to that article.)In the rest of today’s newsletter, we look more closely at the 10 states.Furthest alongInitiatives seem most likely to happen soon in two states.In Ohio, a coalition of abortion rights groups is collecting signatures to place an initiative on the ballot this year that would protect access through roughly the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. For now, most abortions remain legal in Ohio, thanks to a court ruling blocking a ban.In South Dakota, organizers are optimistic that they can collect the signatures needed for an initiative next year. It is a compromise measure that would seek to reinstate the minimum access required by the Roe v. Wade decision. All abortions would be legal in the first trimester (roughly 12 weeks), and some would be in the second trimester.Early effortsIn several other states, efforts have begun, but they’re less advanced.In Missouri, advocates have not yet settled on one approach. Some petitions — an early step to putting an initiative on the ballot — would protect most abortion access until 24 weeks of pregnancy. Others would be narrower and let the state enact parental consent laws.In Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed a near-total ban, advocates are hoping to place an initiative on the ballot that would allow most abortions until 24 weeks. But the state’s pro-marijuana movement helps highlight the slowness of the effort: Organizers of a 2024 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana have already raised $30 million and collected nearly all the required signatures — while organizers of an abortion initiative are just getting started.Arizona has tough rules for ballot initiatives, requiring hundreds of thousands of signatures on a petition.

  4. Marc Broude:

    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.

  5. Pablo Picasso:

    If everybody is looking for it, then nobody is finding it. If we were cultured, we would not be conscious of lacking culture. We would regard it as something natural and would not make so much fuss about it. And if we knew the real value of this word we would be cultured enough not to give it so much importance.

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    declare untrue; contradict
    • A. demolish
    • B. fudge
    • C. deny
    • D. doom

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