Meaning of “should” - Learner’s Dictionary


modal verb us uk strong /ʃʊd/ weak /ʃəd/

B1 used to say or ask what is the correct or best thing to do:

He should have gone to the doctor.
Should I apologize to her?
You shouldn't be so angry with him.

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B1 used to say that you expect something to be true or that you expect something to happen:

She should be feeling better by now.
The letter should arrive by Friday.

used to refer to a possible event in the future:

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I'll be in my office, if anyone should ask.
why should/shouldn't...?

B2 used to ask or give the reason for something, especially when you are surprised or angry about it:

He told me to forgive her, but why should I?

(Definition of “should” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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