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 for would
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Weld \Weld\ (w[e^]ld), n. [OE. welde; akin to Scot. wald, Prov.
     G. waude, G. wau, Dan. & Sw. vau, D. wouw.]
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     1. (Bot.) An herb ({Reseda luteola) related to mignonette,
        growing in Europe, and to some extent in America; dyer's
        broom; dyer's rocket; dyer's weed; wild woad. It is used
        by dyers to give a yellow color. [Written also woald,
        wold, and would.]
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     2. Coloring matter or dye extracted from this plant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Will \Will\, v. t. & auxiliary. [imp. Would. Indic. present, I
     will (Obs. I wol), thou wilt, he will (Obs. he wol); we, ye,
     they will.] [OE. willen, imp. wolde; akin to OS. willan,
     OFries. willa, D. willen, G. wollen, OHG. wollan, wellan,
     Icel. & Sw. vilja, Dan. ville, Goth. wiljan, OSlav. voliti,
     L. velle to wish, volo I wish; cf. Skr. v[.r] to choose, to
     prefer. Cf. Voluntary, Welcome, Well, adv.]
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     1. To wish; to desire; to incline to have.
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              A wife as of herself no thing ne sholde [should]
              Wille in effect, but as her husband wolde [would].
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              Caleb said unto her, What will thou ? --Judg. i. 14.
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              They would none of my counsel.        --Prov. i. 30.
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     2. As an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent
        on the verb. Thus, in first person, "I will" denotes
        willingness, consent, promise; and when "will" is
        emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; as,
        I will go if you wish; I will go at all hazards. In the
        second and third persons, the idea of distinct volition,
        wish, or purpose is evanescent, and simple certainty is
        appropriately expressed; as, "You will go," or "He will
        go," describes a future event as a fact only. To emphasize
        will denotes (according to the tone or context) certain
        futurity or fixed determination.
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     Note: Will, auxiliary, may be used elliptically for will go.
           "I'll to her lodgings." --Marlowe.
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     Note: As in shall (which see), the second and third persons
           may be virtually converted into the first, either by
           question or indirect statement, so as to receive the
           meaning which belongs to will in that person; thus,
           "Will you go?" (answer, "I will go") asks assent,
           requests, etc.; while "Will he go?" simply inquires
           concerning futurity; thus, also,"He says or thinks he
           will go," "You say or think you will go," both signify
           willingness or consent.
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     Note: Would, as the preterit of will, is chiefly employed in
           conditional, subjunctive, or optative senses; as, he
           would go if he could; he could go if he would; he said
           that he would go; I would fain go, but can not; I would
           that I were young again; and other like phrases. In the
           last use, the first personal pronoun is often omitted;
           as, would that he were here; would to Heaven that it
           were so; and, omitting the to in such an adjuration.
           "Would God I had died for thee." Would is used for both
           present and future time, in conditional propositions,
           and would have for past time; as, he would go now if he
           were ready; if it should rain, he would not go; he
           would have gone, had he been able. Would not, as also
           will not, signifies refusal. "He was angry, and would
           not go in." --Luke xv. 28. Would is never a past
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     Note: In Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, especially
           in the southern and western portions of the United
           States, shall and will, should and would, are often
           misused, as in the following examples: 
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                 I am able to devote as much time and attention to
                 other subjects as I will [shall] be under the
                 necessity of doing next winter.    --Chalmers.
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                 A countryman, telling us what he had seen,
                 remarked that if the conflagration went on, as it
                 was doing, we would [should] have, as our next
                 season's employment, the Old Town of Edinburgh to
                 rebuild.                           --H. Miller.
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                 I feel assured that I will [shall] not have the
                 misfortune to find conflicting views held by one
                 so enlightened as your excellency. --J. Y. Mason.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Would \Would\, imp. of Will. [OE. & AS. wolde. See Will, v.
     Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense
     or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d
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     Note: Would was formerly used also as the past participle of
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                 Right as our Lord hath would.      --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Would \Would\, n.
     See 2d Weld.
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