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English definition of “would”

would

modal verb     strong /wʊd/ weak /wəd/
IF B1 used to say what might happen if something else happens : What would you do if you lost your job ?Possible and probable
SAID/THOUGHT B1 used as the past form of 'will' to talk about what someone has said or thought : Sue promised that she would help . They thought that she would never recover .
WILLING B1 used as the past form of 'will' to talk about what someone was willing to do or what something was able to do: I asked her to talk to him, but she wouldn't. The car wouldn't start this morning .
would like/love sth A1 used to say politely that you want something: I'd (= I would) like a cup of coffee , please .Polite expressionsMaking appeals and requests
would you A1 used to politely ask someone something: Would you like a drink ? Would you come with me, please ?Polite expressions
IMAGINE B1 used to talk about a situation that you can imagine happening : It would be lovely to go to New York.
I would imagine/think, etc used to give an opinion in a polite way: I would imagine she'll discuss it with her husband first.Polite expressions
OFTEN B2 used to talk about things that happened often in the past: He would always turn and wave at the end of the street .Frequency and regularity - general words
She/he/you would! mainly UK used to show that you are not surprised by someone's annoying behaviour : Margot spent $500 on a dress for the occasion but she would, wouldn't she? Annoying
(Definition of would modal verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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