\shəd, ˈshu̇d\

Definition of should 

past tense 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— William Shakespearethis is as it should be— H. L. Savageyou 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

First Known Use of should

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for should

Middle English sholde, from Old English sceolde owed, was obliged to, ought to

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should

\shəd, ˈshu̇d\

Kids Definition of should

past tense 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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