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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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 — ADJ: ADJ n You can use would be to describe someone who wants or attempts to do a particular thing. For example, a would be writer is someone who wants to be a writer. ...a book that provides encouragement for would be writers who cannot get… …   English 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 */ — UK / US 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 …   English dictionary

  • would-be — adjective desiring or aspiring to be a specified type of person: a would be actress …   English new terms dictionary

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

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