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[woo d; unstressed wuh d] /wʊd; unstressed wəd/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of will1 .
2.
(used to express the future in past sentences):
He said he would go tomorrow.
3.
(used in place of will, to make a statement or form a question less direct or blunt):
That would scarcely be fair. Would you be so kind?
4.
(used to express repeated or habitual action in the past):
We would visit Grandma every morning up at the farm.
5.
(used to express an intention or inclination):
Nutritionists would have us all eat whole grains.
6.
(used to express a wish):
Would he were here!
7.
(used to express an uncertainty):
It would appear that he is guilty.
8.
(used in conditional sentences to express choice or possibility):
They would come if they had the fare. If the temperature were higher, the water would evaporate.
9.
would have, (used with a past participle to express unfulfilled intention or preference):
I would have saved you some but Jimmy took it all.
Idioms
10.
would like, (used to express desire):
I would like to go next year.
11.
would rather. rather (def 8).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English wolde. See will1
Usage note
See should.
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British Dictionary definitions for would like

would

/wʊd; unstressed wəd/
verb takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive
1.
used as an auxiliary to form the past tense or subjunctive mood of will1
2.
with you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject. used as an auxiliary to indicate willingness or desire in a polite manner would you help me, please?
3.
used as an auxiliary to describe a past action as being accustomed or habitual every day we would go for walks
4.
I wish would that he were here
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Word Origin and History for would like
would
O.E. wolde, past tense of willan "to will" (see will (v.)). Would-be (adj.) "wishing, pretending" is first recorded c.1300.
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