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would

1 [wood; unstressed wuhd]
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:
before 900; Middle English, Old English wolde. See will1


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would (wʊd, (unstressed) wəd)
 
vb (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive) (with you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject)
1.  used as an auxiliary to form the past tense or subjunctive mood of will
2.  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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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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