from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- auxiliary v. Used to express desire or intent: She said she would meet us at the corner.
- auxiliary v. Used to express a wish: Would that we had gone with you!
- auxiliary v. Used after a statement of desire, request, or advice: I wish you would stay.
- auxiliary v. Used to make a polite request: Would you go with me?
- auxiliary 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.
- auxiliary v. Used to express presumption or expectation: That would be Steve at the door.
- auxiliary v. Used to indicate uncertainty: He would seem to be getting better.
- auxiliary v. Used to express repeated or habitual action in the past: Every morning we would walk in the garden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. As a past-tense form of will.
- v. As a modal verb, the subjunctive of will.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d will.
- n. See 2d weld.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Preterit and past subjunctive of will.
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