Definition of should:

part of speech: verb

Pa. t. of SHALL.

Of the verb shall; used, first, to express simple futurity or determination from the standpoint of past time according to the rule for the use of shall; as, expressing simple futurity, he said he should go; i said he would go; expressing determination. He said he would go; i said he should go; used, second, to express condition, supposition, etc.; as, if it should rain, do not go; used, third, to express obligation; as, you should try to do better.

Usage examples for should:

  • But I should like to." "The Quality of Mercy", W. D. Howells.
  • I- I should like to see that! "Nautilus", Laura E. Richards.
  • I should know nothing about you . "The Woman of Mystery", Maurice Leblanc.
  • And I should like you to come with me." "The Truants", A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason.

Word of the day


The egg- shaped shell or covering which the larvae of silkworms and some other insects spin. ...