What does Would mean?

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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. Taimi Leavelle for 73 years:

    I said,' Lee, if anybody shoots at you, I hope they're as good a shot as you are,' i meant that they would hit him and not me.

  2. Joseph Dunford:

    There's many adverse effects it would have, one would be on the morale of the force and frankly what you are suggesting are things that actually aren't legal for them to do anyway.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    Thus far, things look good, but the final decision is going to be up to the FDA. And I would imagine that likely will not happen until we get well into the winter, towards the end of this year.

  4. Alice Tripp:

    We dont do that. Gov. Abbott does not need that kind of advice from us. We bring information to the table, if he calls me, I would tell him that.

  5. Michael Zeldin:

    That will send him down a path that for the next few years that would tie up his presidency in ways that are not in his best interests legally or politically.

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