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would

  
  (unstressed)  
      vb   takes an infinitive without: to or an implied infinitive, used as an auxiliary  
1    to form the past tense or subjunctive mood of will1  
2    with: you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject   to indicate willingness or desire in a polite manner  
would you help me, please?     
3    to describe a past action as being accustomed or habitual  
every day we would go for walks     
4    I wish  
would that he were here     
See at should  


would-be  
      adj   prenominal  
1    Usually derogatory   wanting or professing to be  
a would-be politician     
2    intended to be  
would-be generosity     
      n  
3    Derogatory   a person who wants or professes to be something that he is not  
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exp.
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
n.
very short presentation of a product or a company that you would do to somebody you meet briefly, like in an elevator, to attract his/her attention
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