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wouldst

 (wo͝odst) or would·est (wo͝od′ĭst)
v. Archaic
Second person singular past tense of will2.
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wouldst

(wʊdst)
vb
archaic or dialect (used with the pronoun: thou or its relative equivalent) a singular form of the past tense of will1
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will1

(wɪl)

auxiliary v.andv., pres. will; auxiliary verb.
1. am (is, are, etc.) about or going to: I will be there tomorrow. She will see you at dinner.
2. am (is, are, etc.) disposed or willing to: People will do right.
3. am (is, are, etc.) expected or required to: You will report to the principal at once.
4. may be expected or supposed to: You will not have forgotten him.
5. am (is, are, etc.) determined or sure to (used emphatically): People will talk.
6. am (is, are, etc.) accustomed to, or do usually or often: She would write for hours at a time.
7. am (is, are, etc.) habitually disposed or inclined to: Tyrants will be tyrants.
8. am (is, are, etc.) capable of; can: This tree will live without water for three months.
v.t., v.i.
9. to wish; desire; like: Take what you will. Ask, if you will, who the owner is.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wyllan, c. Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Gothic wiljan; akin to Latin velle to wish]
usage: See shall.

will2

(wɪl)

n.
1. the faculty of conscious and particularly of deliberate action: the freedom of the will.
2. power of choosing one's own actions: to have a strong will.
3. the act or process of using or asserting one's choice; volition: My hands are obedient to my will.
4. wish or desire: to submit against one's will.
5. purpose or determination: to have the will to succeed.
6. the wish or purpose as carried out, or to be carried out: to work one's will.
7. disposition, whether good or ill, toward another.
8. a legal document in which a person specifies the disposition of his or her property after death. Compare testament.
v.t.
9. to decide upon, bring about, or attempt to effect or bring about by an act of will: He can walk if he wills it.
10. to purpose, determine on, or elect by act of will: If you will success, you can find it.
11. to dispose of (property) by a will; bequeath.
12. to influence by or as if by exerting will power: I willed her to survive the crisis.
v.i.
13. to exercise the will.
14. to decide or determine: Others debate, but the king wills.
Idioms:
at will, as one desires; whenever one chooses: to wander off at will.
[before 900; Middle English will(e), Old English will(a), c. Old Saxon willio, Old High German willo, Old Norse vili, Gothic wilja; akin to will1]
will′er, n.
will′-less, adj.
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CREON If thou wouldst hear my message publicly, I'll tell thee straight, or with thee pass within.
TEIRESIAS Didst miss my sense wouldst thou goad me on?
If, therefore, thou wouldst have me enjoy what can be called life, thou wilt at once engage in this love struggle, not lukewarmly nor slothfully, but with the energy and zeal that my desire demands, and with the loyalty our friendship assures me of."
Such are the things that men are wont to attempt, and there is honour, glory, gain, in attempting them, however full of difficulty and peril they may be; but that which thou sayest it is thy wish to attempt and carry out will not win thee the glory of God nor the blessings of fortune nor fame among men; for even if the issue he as thou wouldst have it, thou wilt be no happier, richer, or more honoured than thou art this moment; and if it be otherwise thou wilt be reduced to misery greater than can be imagined, for then it will avail thee nothing to reflect that no one is aware of the misfortune that has befallen thee; it will suffice to torture and crush thee that thou knowest it thyself.
Moreover by what I am about to say to thee thou wilt be led to see the great error thou wouldst commit.
As he spoke, Death, a grisly skeleton, appeared and said to him: "What wouldst thou, Mortal?
Thou wouldst give a son to to me who will have no son: thou wouldst give me a son to kill me.
"Cease, my servant, cease!" said the mocking voice of Chaka; "but know this, thou hast done well to grieve aloud, because the Mother of the Heavens is no more, and ill wouldst thou have done to grieve because the fire from above has kissed thy gates.
thou wouldst have my money, wouldst thou?" And he gave him another blow.
Gauge thy gape with buck or goat, Lest thine eye should choke thy throat, After gorging, wouldst thou sleep?