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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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