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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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No big beasts - only minnows - braying and snorting in the Westminster jungle" Sir Bernard Ingham's description of would-be rebellious anti-Brexit Tory MPs critical of Theresa May.
I am not signing up to be a caretaker - I'm signing up to do the job and do it properly Sir Vince Cable, would-be leader of the Liberal Democrats My generation has been decimated.
No matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits" - US President Barack Obama heaps praise on his would-be Democrat successor at the White House, Hillary Clinton.
Having progressed through seven weeks of blind auditions, two battle rounds, two knockout stages and two live shows, the would-be stars face the ultimate test of their vocal abilities, with the winner earning themselves a recording contract.
After weeks of assessing the would-be stars from the comfort of their sofas, viewers at home now receive their first chance to voice their opinions via a public vote that will decide which act will be progressing to the next round.
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.
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.
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