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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.

  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.

  3. 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]

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. 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.

Wikipedia

  1. could

    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".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Could

    of Can

  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

  3. 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.]

British National Corpus

  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. Mel Gibson:

    I look at them and scratch my head. I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste, but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different, it seems to me that you could do it for less … You’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the tax man gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors. What did they spend on 'Batman v Superman' that they’re admitting to?

  2. Mildred Solomon:

    We are the only developed country in the world that doesn’t see healthcare as a universal right, what a statement it would be about our society if people decided to give an organ so they could get health insurance.

  3. Allam Mousa:

    In the last meeting, some proposals were made in accordance with our demands and some amendments were made that could be studied and that could enable us to achieve our demands, so far there is no final agreement -- it is only another round -- but this round has achieved a bigger achievement than previous rounds.

  4. Colin Berry:

    The big problem with IARC ... is that what they're doing is looking around for any evidence that might enable them to say that under particular circumstances this thing could be a carcinogen.

  5. Hasan Minhaj:

    Jeff Sessions could n’t be here tonight jeff Sessions was busy doing a pre-Civil War re-enactment.

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