Definition of 'would-be'
Example sentences containing 'would-be'
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What would-be writer of nineteen would not have been? ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (2005)But surveys have found that one in four would-be adopters are turned away at their first inquiry. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It is a career path frequently followed by would-be entrepreneurs. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He identifies three potential risks for would-be investors. Times, Sunday Times (2009)For the majority of would-be writers that pain will be for no financial gain. Times, Sunday Times (2013)His mother was a nurse and his father a salesman and would-be entrepreneur. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Highlights of the series in which would-be entrepreneurs are challenged to come up with the best business ideas. The Sun (2006)Surveys have found that one in four would-be adopters are turned away at the point of their first inquiry. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Would-be investors are being warned to check application cut-off times as they can vary depending on whether you apply by post or online. The Sun (2013)So how did the would-be thief know her victim's name? Times, Sunday Times (2013)Flight attendants secured the would-be bomber to a seat and cut away what remained of his clothes to see what else he might have been concealing. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The would-be suicide is indeed given succour, but his saviour is not all that he seems. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The vast number of would-be entrepreneurs fail, and fail many times. Times, Sunday Times (2014)If there was one thing all would-be footballers wanted to do it was play in the final at Wembley. The Sun (2015)Would-be investors have been told that industrial relations between mail bosses and union leaders have become'very collaborative'. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Taking advantage of the knowledge he has built up, he is offering an advice service to other would-be investors. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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Extremely Common. would-be is one of the 1000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'would-be'
British English: would-be ADJECTIVE
You can use would-be to describe someone who wants or attempts to do a particular thing.
...a book that provides encouragement for would-be writers who cannot get their novel into print.
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