Meaning of “could've” in the English Dictionary

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"could've" in British English

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could've

uk /ˈkʊd.əv/ us /ˈkʊd.əv/

short form of could have:

It could've been much worse, you know.

(Definition of “could've” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"could've" in American English

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could've

us /ˈkʊd·əv, kəd·əv/

contraction of could have:

It could've been anybody.

(Definition of “could've” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)