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Meaning of “wouldn't” in the English Dictionary

"wouldn't" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈwʊd.ənt/
short form of would not: I wouldn't do that if I were you.

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  • 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 ​everhit 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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 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)
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