would-be
adjective Date: 1647 desiring, intending, professing, or having the potential to be <
a would-be actor
>

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  • Would-be — a. Desiring or professing to be; vainly pretending to be; as, a would be poet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • would-be — would ,be adjective only before noun * hoping or trying to do something: The would be thieves smashed a glass panel in the front door. would be diplomats/lawyers/referees …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • would-be — adj would be actor/murderer etc someone who hopes to have a particular job or intends to do a particular thing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • would-be — index specious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • would-be — /wood bee /, adj. 1. wishing or pretending to be: a would be wit. 2. intended to be: a would be kindness. n. 3. a person who wishes or pretends to be something: Opera singers and would bes should practice at least four hours a day. [1250 1300; ME …   Universalium

  • would-be — adjective a) attempting or desiring something Would be marines have to get through a rigorous examination. b) unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition Would be film stars often become waitresses. See Also …   Wiktionary

  • would-be — {adj.} Aspiring. * /The Broadway casting offices are always full of would be actors./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • would-be — {adj.} Aspiring. * /The Broadway casting offices are always full of would be actors./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • would-be — adj. Would be is used with these nouns: ↑actor, actress, ↑assassin, ↑buyer, ↑customer, ↑entrepreneur, ↑immigrant, ↑investor, ↑killer, ↑lover, ↑murderer, ↑parent, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • would be — Synonyms and related words: assuming, byname, cognominal, diminutive, epithetic, formal, honorific, hypocoristic, in name only, insolent, nominal, nominative, overweening, presuming, presumptuous, quasi, self appointed, self called, self… …   Moby Thesaurus

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