would–be

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adjective \ˈwu̇d-ˈbē\

Definition of would–be

disparaging

  1. :  desiring, intending, professing, or having the potential to be a would–be actor

1647

First Known Use of would–be

1647


WOULD–BE Defined for English Language Learners

would-be

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Definition of would–be for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe someone who hopes to be a particular person or type of person


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