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Definition of "should" []

  • Used to express obligation or duty: You should send her a note. (auxiliary-verb)
  • Used to express probability or expectation: They should arrive at noon. (auxiliary-verb)
  • Used to express conditionality or contingency: If she should fall, then so would I. (auxiliary-verb)
  • Used to moderate the directness or bluntness of a statement: I should think he would like to go. (auxiliary-verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "should" in a sentence
  • "I only put things on there that I choose to read, not books that someone thinks I should read, or books I've agreed to review, or books I *should* read if I knew what was good for me."
  • "It seems to me that if we're asking what developers want or should want, then they, like most businesses, *should* want whatever gives them minimum risk and maximum profitability."
  • "I should also point out that insanely high MPG *should* correlate to low emissions, which is important in high-density areas like urban downtowns and commuter freeways."