Meaning of “wouldn't” in the English Dictionary

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"wouldn't" in British English

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wouldn't

uk /ˈwʊd.ənt/ us /ˈwʊd.ənt/

short form of would not:

I wouldn't do that if I were you.

More examples

  • Wouldn't you like to come with us?
  • I wouldn't eat all that, if I were you.
  • He wouldn't take his coat off.
  • I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't turn up.
  • I wouldn't ever hit a child.

(Definition of “wouldn't” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wouldn’t" in American English

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wouldn’t

us /ˈwʊd·ənt/

contraction of would not:

He wouldn’t say yes and he wouldn’t say no.

(Definition of “wouldn’t” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)