would've

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of would have

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwʊdəv/, also /ˈwʊdə/
  • (file)

Contraction[edit]

would've

  1. would have; indicating a non-occurring action or state that was conditional on another non-occurring event in the past.
    We would've been warmer if you had closed the window.
    I would've gone if it hadn't rained.

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