Meaning of “should've” in the English Dictionary

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"should've" in British English

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uk /ˈʃʊd.əv/ us /ˈʃʊd.əv/

short form of should have:

You should've come to the party last night, Manya.

More examples

  • You should've seen Charlie dancing!
  • I should've got there earlier.
  • You should've locked the door.
  • You should've seen Katy's face when the announcement was made!
  • I should've bought more milk.

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

"should've" in American English

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us /ˈʃʊd·əv/

contraction of should have:

I should've known better.

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