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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.

    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]

  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.

    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]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Could

    of Can

    Etymology: [OF. coude. The l was inserted by mistake, under the influence of should and would.]

  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

    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. Subodh Chandra:

    She had the opportunity to ask the grand jury to consider whether it could possibly be 'reasonable' or 'justifiable' for officers to speed across the grass when driveways were nearby, rush up to Tamir, and shoot him immediately.

  2. Tesla Motors spokesman Gary Tao:

    Gradually people can be more knowledgeable about these EV cars and better accept EV cars, then the whole market could be ready for the mass market (EVs), quality and best-in-service will be a good base for the future of long-term development ... more than volume at this stage.

  3. Lisa Grennan:

    A dog the size of the Hulk could kill someone if it was in the wrong situation at the wrong time, the power of this dog is unrivalled. If he bit down on someone's arm with full power it would snap like a toothpick.

  4. Kevin McAleenan:

    The reasonable changes proposed by this nonpartisan panel, could dramatically reduce migration of family units from Central America, help eliminate dangerous and illegal border crossings, as well as improve the care of children who are brought on this harrowing journey, these recommendations are essential to secure our border and for the safety and welfare of children living in Central America and elsewhere who will continue to make this dangerous trek north.

  5. Sara Parris:

    We already had our Christmas, its sitting on the bed there in the room. I dont think we could have asked for anything more than that.

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