: would have

Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of would've was in 1857

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“Would've.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/would%27ve. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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