would

verb
\ wəd, əd, d, ˈwu̇d How to pronounce would (audio) \

Definition of would

past tense of will

1a archaic : wished, desired
b archaic : wish for : want
c(1) : strongly desire : wish I would I were young again often used without a subject and with that in a past or conditional construction would that I had heeded your advice
(2) used in auxiliary function with rather or sooner to express preference he would sooner die than face them
2a used in auxiliary function to express wish, desire, or intent those who would forbid gambling
b used in auxiliary function to express willingness or preference as ye would that men should do to you — Luke 6:31 (King James Version)
c used in auxiliary function to express plan or intention said we would come
3 used in auxiliary function to express custom or habitual action we would meet often for lunch
4 used in auxiliary function to express consent or choice would put it off if he could
5a used in auxiliary function in the conclusion of a conditional sentence to express a contingency or possibility if he were coming, he would be here now
b used in auxiliary function in a noun clause (such as one completing a statement of desire, request, or advice) we wish that he would go
6 used in auxiliary function to express probability or presumption in past or present time would have won if I had not tripped
7 : could the barrel would hold 20 gallons
8 used in auxiliary function to express a request with which voluntary compliance is expected would you please help us
9 used in auxiliary function to express doubt or uncertainty the explanation … would seem satisfactory
10 : should knew I would enjoy the trip would be glad to know the answer

First Known Use of would

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

History and Etymology for would

Middle English wolde, from Old English; akin to Old High German wolta wished, desired

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The first known use of would was before the 12th century

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would

verb

English Language Learners Definition of would

used to indicate what someone said or thought about what was going to happen or be done
used to talk about a possible situation that has not happened or that you are imagining
used with have to talk about something that did not happen or was not done

would

verb
\ wəd How to pronounce would (audio) , ˈwu̇d\

Kids Definition of would

past tense of will

1 used as a helping verb to show that something might be likely or meant to happen under certain conditions They would come if they could.If I were you, I would save my money.
2 used to describe what someone said, expected, or thought She said she would help me.I thought it would take an hour.
3 used as a politer form of will Would you please stop?
4 : prefers or prefer to They would die rather than surrender.
5 : was or were going to We wish that you would go.
6 : is or are able to : could No stone would break that window.
7 : strongly desire : wish I would that I were home.

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