Should
Should Should (sh[oo^]d), imp. of {Shall}. [OE. sholde, shulde, scholde, schulde, AS. scolde, sceolde. See {Shall}.] Used as an auxiliary verb, to express a conditional or contingent act or state, or as a supposition of an actual fact; also, to express moral obligation (see {Shall}); e. g.: they should have come last week; if I should go; I should think you could go. ``You have done that you should be sorry for.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Ought}. [1913 Webster]


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  • should — W1S1 [ʃəd strong ʃud] modal v negative short form shouldn t ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(right thing)¦ 2¦(advice)¦ 3¦(expected thing)¦ 4¦(correct thing)¦ 5¦(orders)¦ 6¦(after that )¦ 7¦(possibility)¦ 8¦(imagined situations)¦ 9¦(request …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • should — [shood] v.aux. [ME scholde < OE sceolde, pt. of sceal, scal, I am obliged: see SHALL] 1. pt. of SHALL [I had hoped I should see you] 2. used to express obligation, duty, propriety, or desirability [you should ask first, the plants should be… …   English World dictionary

  • should — ► MODAL VERB (3rd sing. should) 1) used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness. 2) used to indicate what is probable. 3) formal expressing the conditional mood. 4) used in a clause with ‘that’ after a main clause describing feelings. 5)… …   English terms dictionary

  • should — should; should·er·er; should·na; …   English syllables

  • should — c.1200, from O.E. sceolde, past tense of sceal (see SHALL (Cf. shall)). Preserves the original notion of obligation that has all but dropped from shall …   Etymology dictionary

  • should — [[t]ʃəd, STRONG ʃʊd[/t]] ♦ (Should is a modal verb. It is used with the base form of a verb.) 1) MODAL You use should when you are saying what would be the right thing to do or the right state for something to be in. I should exercise more... The …   English dictionary

  • should */*/*/ — UK [ʃʊd] / US modal verb Summary: Should is usually followed by an infinitive without to : You should eat more fresh fruit. Sometimes should is used without a following infinitive: I don t always do everything I should. Should does not change its …   English dictionary

  • should — strong /SUd/ modal verb negative short form shouldn t 1 used to show that something is the best thing to do because it is morally right, fair, honest etc: He should learn to be more polite. | What you should have done is call the police. | I have …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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