Definition of would:

Of the auxiliary verb will; used, first, in indirect discourse to express simple futurity or determination from the standpoint of past time, according to the rule for the use of will in direct discourse; as, expressing simple futurity, I said he would go; he said he should go; expressing determination. he siad he would go; I said he should go; used, second, to express a wish ; as, I would I had acted differently; used, third, to express a usual or customary occurrence; as, last summer we would often take long walks; used, fourth, to express what is likely; as, that would make trouble.

Usage examples for would:

  • " Maybe that would be best. "The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife", Ellen M. Firebaugh.
  • Would they do it? "The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner", Charles Dudley Warner.
  • What would we do with you all?" "Captain Jim", Mary Grant Bruce.
  • Now that would never do. "Apron-Strings", Eleanor Gates.

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