verb, past of will Etymology: Middle English wolde, from Old English; akin to Old High German wolta wished, desired Date: before 12th century 1. a. archaic wished, desired b. archaic wish for ; want c. (1) strongly desire ; wish <
I would I were young again
— often used without a subject and with that in a past or conditional construction <
would that I had heeded your advice
(2) — used in auxiliary function with rather or sooner to express preference <
he would sooner die than face them
2. a. — used in auxiliary function to express wish, desire, or intent <
those who would forbid gambling
b. — used in auxiliary function to express willingness or preference <
as ye would that men should do to you — Luke 6:31 (Authorized Version)
c. — used in auxiliary function to express plan or intention <
said we would come
3. — used in auxiliary function to express custom or habitual action <
we would meet often for lunch
4. — used in auxiliary function to express consent or choice <
would put it off if he could
5. a. — used in auxiliary function in the conclusion of a conditional sentence to express a contingency or possibility <
if he were coming, he would be here now
b. — used in auxiliary function in a noun clause (as one completing a statement of desire, request, or advice) <
we wish that he would go
6. — used in auxiliary function to express probability or presumption in past or present time <
would have won if I had not tripped
7. could <
the barrel would hold 20 gallons
8. — used in auxiliary function to express a request with which voluntary compliance is expected <
would you please help us
9. — used in auxiliary function to express doubt or uncertainty <
the explanation…would seem satisfactory
10. should <
knew I would enjoy the trip
would be glad to know the answer

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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