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should

verbal auxiliary \shəd, ˈshd\

Definition of SHOULD

past of shall
1
—used in auxiliary function to express condition <if he should leave his father, his father would die — Genesis 44:22(Revised Standard Version)>
2
—used in auxiliary function to express obligation, propriety, or expediency <'tis commanded I should do so — Shakespeare> <this is as it should be — H. L. Savage> <you should brush your teeth after each meal>
3
—used in auxiliary function to express futurity from a point of view in the past <realized that she should have to do most of her farm work before sunrise — Ellen Glasgow>
4
—used in auxiliary function to express what is probable or expected <with an early start, they should be here by noon>
5
—used in auxiliary function to express a request in a polite manner or to soften direct statement <I should suggest that a guide…is the first essential — L. D. Reddick>

Origin of SHOULD

Middle English sholde, from Old English sceolde owed, was obliged to, ought to
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SHOULD

SHOULD Defined for Kids

should

\shəd, ˈshd\

Definition of SHOULD for Kids

past of shall
1
:  ought to <They should be here soon.>
2
:  happen to <If you should see them, say hello for me.>
3
—used as a more polite or less assured form of shall <Should I turn the light out?>

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