American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Used to express desire or intent: She said she would meet us at the corner.
- v. Used to express a wish: Would that we had gone with you!
- v. Used after a statement of desire, request, or advice: I wish you would stay.
- v. Used to make a polite request: Would you go with me?
- v. Used in the main clause of a conditional statement to express a possibility or likelihood: If I had enough money, I would buy a car. We would have gone to the beach, had the weather been good. See Usage Note at if.
- v. Used to express presumption or expectation: That would be Steve at the door.
- v. Used to indicate uncertainty: He would seem to be getting better.
- v. Used to express repeated or habitual action in the past: Every morning we would walk in the garden.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Preterit and past subjunctive of will.
GNU Webster's 1913
“And, of course, if some journalist cited an anonymous source for some scandalous bit of information without making any effort to ensure the source was credible, I would think those journalists *would* have an issue.”
“For those who ask opponents of amnesty to try living the tough life in their home country, if every third world country in the world said that and used it as an excuse to come in here illegally and demand rights...that would not be good for the US now..would it?”
“But I would sure like to know who he * would* endorse.”
“It would also be many other things -- major headaches now and in the fugure -- but it * would* win.”
“I would disagree with that, but I *would* argue that on a national scale it is right for all adults to support via taxation the education and health of all children.”
“McCain castigated the effort, declaring he hoped Congress would reject the bill because it would create chaos.”
“October 29th, 2008 11:29 pm ET i do believe that bill clinton is better now than he has ever been…..would be interesting to see what kind of president he would make in this time and age now that he has all that experience under his belt. the dude is just pure charisma.”
“Sure you are just like that girl because you are buying jeans, not that you would ever take the opportunity to show off your new striped underwear ..er ..would you?”
“I know it would add a few hundred kms, but it *would* get you there.”
“If Obama wins, he would run for a second term and unless he had really blown it,,would win against another Dem.”
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