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[th eyd] /ðeɪd/
contraction of they had.
contraction of they would.
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Examples from the web for they'd
  • they'd suppress those qualities with disastrous results.
  • Some kids showed up able to converse with you as though they'd grown up next door.
  • There's every reason to believe they'd continue to function as a powerful, pampered political faction.
  • If only they'd be more positive, expectations would level off and rise, and a double-dip would be averted.
  • Even the missions, exciting as they'd been, had fallen short.
  • And then she'd opened her eyes, put her arms around him, and they'd sort of slow-danced.
  • In point of fact, as long as they are sticking to cortical functional units it's pretty unlikely they'd get that anyway.
  • People were about twice as likely to remember the tasks during which they'd been interrupted than those they completed.
  • If they did, they'd never have noticed the decline in accuracy.
  • If they really wanted efficient, they'd concentrate sunlight.
British Dictionary definitions for they'd


they would or they had
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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