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would-be

(wo͝od′bē′)
adj.
Desiring, attempting, or professing to be: "Would-be home buyers will have a somewhat easier time getting loans" (Wall Street Journal).

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
4. Indian the person to whom one is engaged to be married; fiancé or fiancée

would′-be`



adj.
1. wishing or pretending to be: a would-be wit.
2. intended to be: a would-be kindness.
[1250–1300]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.would-be - unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition
ambitious - having a strong desire for success or achievement

would-be

adjective budding, potential, so-called, professed, dormant, self-styled, latent, wannabe (informal), unfulfilled, undeveloped, self-appointed, unrealized, manqué, soi-disant (French), quasi- a book that provides encouragement for would-be writers
Translations

would-be

[ˈwʊdbiː] ADJ a would-be poet/politicianun aspirante a poeta/político

would-be

adj attr would-be poet/politicianjemand, der gerne (ein) Dichter/(ein) Politiker würde; (pej)Möchtegerndichter(in) m(f)/-politiker(in) m(f)

would-be

[ˈwʊdˌbiː] adj a would-be poet/politicianun aspirante poeta/politico

would

(wud) short forms I'd (aid) you'd (juːd) , he'd (hiːd) , she'd (ʃiːd) , it'd (ˈitəd) , we'd (wiːd) , they'd (ðeid) : negative short form wouldn't (ˈwudnt) verb
1. past tense of will. He said he would be leaving at nine o'clock the next morning; I asked if he'd come and mend my television set; I asked him to do it, but he wouldn't; I thought you would have finished by now.
2. used in speaking of something that will, may or might happen (eg if a certain condition is met). If I asked her to the party, would she come?; I would have come to the party if you'd asked me; I'd be happy to help you.
3. used to express a preference, opinion etc politely. I would do it this way; It'd be a shame to lose the opportunity; I'd prefer to go tomorrow rather than today.
4. used, said with emphasis, to express annoyance. I've lost my car-keys – that would happen!
ˈwould-be adjective
trying, hoping, or merely pretending, to be. a would-be poet.
would you
used to introduce a polite request to someone to do something. (Please) would you close the door?
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I am not surprised that the suggestion that our children should be compelled to stand and sing it has come from "one of our would-be masters" who would have us back to the good old forelock tugging, bowing and scraping, "walk in the gutter, know your place" days.
I am passionate about Wrexham and would strive for major regeneration of the town - the high number of vacant business premises needs redressing quickly as would-be visitors are not being attracted.
Al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber, was executed after she was convicted in 2006 of plotting terror acts in her role in the 2005 terrorist bombings which hit three hotels in Amman and claimed the lives of 56 people, an interior ministry statement said.
A WOULD-BE MP has called for a change in the law to protect unwanted greyhounds from suffering inhumane deaths.
UKIP general secretary Roger Bird has been cleared of impropriety following an inquiry into allegations that he sexually harassed a would-be parliamentary candidate.
The answer, I would suggest, is to pay any would-be migrant to the UK less in benefit than they receive in France.
LEARNER drivers will have to fork out less for their theory tests - saving would-be motorists around PS100m over the next decade.
WOULD-be police officers today have their chance to get a job in the PSNI.
Your average voter wouldn't follow him to the chip shop, never mind the New Jerusalem" - Don Hodges, would-be Labour MP and son of Labour MP and ex-actress Glenda Jackson.
KUWAIT -- Justice Mohammad Al-Duaij, the chief of the execution prosecution, said in a statement the death penalty was taken in line with a Koranic verse that stipulates that the death sentence sets an example for deterrence against would-be offenders.
5 -- (BNA) -- The Bahrain Women's Support Center in the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) has launched a Prospectus for would-be new couples in order to solve problems which may encounter newly-weds, aimed to increase awareness regarding the Matrimonial Contract as partnership between both couple as a basis for mutual respect and to introduce the rights and obligations of each partner.
A WOULD-BE Plaid Cymru councillor who posted sick jokes about the murderer Raoul Moat on Facebook and made abusive references to politicians on Twitter has apologised unreservedly and says he will not be standing as a council candidate after all.
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