[wʊd;wəd] or [wʊd]
(imp.) of Will
(v. t.) Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will.
(n.) See 2d Weld.
pa.t. of will.—adj. Would′-be aspiring trying or merely professing to be.—n. a vain pretender.
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- Being merely sheltered by others would not promote growth. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- Will was not quite contented, thinking that he would apparently have been of more importance if he had been disliked. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- Would to heaven I had never seen it! Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- It was generally believed that there would be a flurry; that some of the extreme Southern States would go so far as to pass ordinances of secession. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- I could tell you a story about that same uncle, gentlemen, that would rather surprise you. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- I believe that he would have come all the way had it not been that Dr. Ferrier, who lives near me, was going down by that very train. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- What would you advise me to do? Jane Austen. Emma.
- Why, the man was weary of you, and would have jilted you, but that Dobbin forced him to keep his word. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- He thought of Miss Ophelia's letter to his Kentucky friends, and would pray earnestly that God would send him deliverance. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Legree, in a fury, swore she should be put to field service, if she would not be peaceable. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Bois-Guilbert made an effort to suppress his rising scorn and indignation, the expression of which, he was well aware, would have little availed him. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- And the bulk of your fortune would be laid out in annuities on the authors or their heirs. Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility.
- Often, indeed, when pressed by Hortense to come, she would refuse, because Robert did not second, or but slightly seconded the request. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- He would have taken it before now, I believe, but for Fledgeby. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- The ice, you see, was broken between us--and I thought I would take care, on the next occasion, that Mr. Betteredge was out of the way. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- Their waste-paper baskets 'd be fairly brimming, and papers falling over on the floor. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- When 'd Mas'r ever get his dinner, if I vas to spend all my time a washin' and a puttin' up dishes? Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Anybody 'd be a fool 't would. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Why, how much 'd dat ar be? Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Some buys up these yer old critturs, and ses there's a sight more wear in 'em than a body 'd think, said the man, reflectively. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- So 'd I, a heap, said Jake. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Cause, said Sam, I'd rather be 'clined to 'magine that Lizy 'd take de dirt road, bein' it's the least travelled. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.