Pronunciation: (wood; unstressed wud),[key] —v. 1. a pt. and pp. of will1.
2. (used to express the future in past sentences): He said he would go tomorrow. 3. (used in place of will, to make a statement or form a question less direct or blunt): That would scarcely be fair. Would you be so kind? 4. (used to express repeated or habitual action in the past): We would visit Grandma every morning up at the farm. 5. (used to express an intention or inclination): Nutritionists would have us all eat whole grains. 6. (used to express a wish): Would he were here! 7. (used to express an uncertainty): It would appear that he is guilty. 8. (used in conditional sentences to express choice or possibility): They would come if they had the fare. If the temperature were higher, the water would evaporate. 9. would have, (used with a past participle to express unfulfilled intention or preference): I would have saved you some but Jimmy took it all. 10. would like, (used to express desire): I would like to go next year. 11. would rather. See rather (def. 7).