Would (?), imp. of Will. [OE. & AS. wolde. See Will, v. t.]

Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d Will.

Would was formerly used also as the past participle of Will.

Right as our Lord hath would.

Chaucer.

 

© Webster 1913.


Would (?), n.

See 2d Weld.

 

© Webster 1913.

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