Should definition

sho͝od
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Used to express obligation or duty.

You should send her a note.

verb
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Used to express probability or expectation.

They should arrive at noon.

verb
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Used to express conditionality or contingency.

If she should fall, then so would I.

verb
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Used to express obligation, duty, propriety, or desirability.

You should ask first; the plants should be watered weekly.

verb
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Used to express a future condition.

If I should die tomorrow, if you should be late.

verb
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Used to moderate the directness or bluntness of a statement.

I should think he would like to go.

verb
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I had hoped I should see you.

verb
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Used to express expectation or probability.

He should be here soon; I should know by tomorrow.

verb
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Should signifies something you ought to do or something that is a good idea or that something that may happen.

An example of should is when someone tells you that you ought to go to bed.

An example of should is when you believe you must obey the law.

An example of should is when someone says they will do something if they might happen to win the lottery.

verb
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(auxiliary) Used to form the future tense of the subjunctive mood, usually in the first person.

If I should be late, go without me.

Should it rain, I shall go indoors.

Should you need extra blankets, you will find them in the closet.

verb
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(auxiliary) Be obliged to; have an obligation to; ought to; indicates that the subject of the sentence has some obligation to execute the sentence predicate.

You should brush your teeth every day.

What do I think? What should I think?

verb
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(auxiliary) Will likely (become or do something); indicates that the subject of the sentence is likely to execute the sentence predicate.

You should be warm enough with that coat.

verb
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A statement of what should be the case as opposed to what is the case.
noun
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Used in polite or tentative expression of opinion.

I should think they will be pleased.

verb
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(modern) A variant of would.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
should
Plural:
shoulds

Origin of should

  • From Old English sceolde, preterite form of sculan (“owe", "be obliged").

    From Wiktionary