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      vb   takes an infinitive without: to or an implied infinitive, used as an auxiliary  
1    to make the past tense of can1  
2    to make the subjunctive mood of can1, esp. used in polite requests or in conditional sentences  
could I see you tonight?, she'd telephone if she could     
3    to indicate suggestion of a course of action  
you could take the car tomorrow if it's raining     
4    often foll by: well   to indicate a possibility  
he could well be a spy     
     (Old English cuthe; influenced by would, should; see can1)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
he could sell sand to an arab exp.
he is a very good seller

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o.
could refer to a very weak cup of tea/pint of beer
exp.
go to the extreme; do everything that could be done; exhaust all possibilities and resources
n.
patient in prehospital setting in Profound Coma or in Cardiac Arrest that could be a Donor afer hospital verification of cerebral death and none contraindications
exp.
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
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