Definition of he'd in English:


Pronunciation: /hiːd//hɪd/


  • 1He had.

    ‘he'd seen all he wanted’
    • ‘He said that he'd been out earlier in the day and noticed two telecom guys working on a pole further down the road.’
    • ‘He taught there a while and he could have gone on teaching there forever if he'd wanted.’
    • ‘Tim later contacted me to inform me he'd been thinking further on this matter.’
    • ‘Turns out he'd been caught between an armed robbery and some police that just happened to be driving by.’
    • ‘All evening he'd been sitting quietly on a bench not saying a word to anyone.’
    • ‘I had crushed any confidence he'd built up through being involved with someone again.’
    • ‘Then it was off into town to look at clothes in a nice new shop he'd seen.’
    • ‘General opinion was he'd been rewarded for courage rather than for the threat.’
    • ‘Even then he had to return to the TV to watch the free kick again - just to be sure he'd got it right.’
    • ‘He wanted to talk over the layout and sequencing of portraits in the notebook he'd been carrying.’
    • ‘I'd also have liked it if he'd kept it from them - just for half a season or something.’
    • ‘Instead, he published a condescending repetition of the same stuff he'd run in April.’
    • ‘Tom didn't tell us at the time, but later we found out that he'd picked it up in a Pawn Shop.’
    • ‘They watched him too, and when he'd quietened down, brought in his two companions.’
    • ‘He said he'd been working hard recently on his autobiography, which was now half finished.’
    • ‘In it was some cloudy water he'd taken from a stream for his high school biology class.’
    • ‘He showed me the documentaries he'd made, and at last I felt I was on the main line.’
    • ‘There wasn't a riot of protest but he'd won the respect of the fans at least.’
    • ‘At the time it was believed he'd vanished because of his problems with drink.’
    • ‘He'd promised we could fetch the last bedroom unit for the spare bedroom he'd been fitting out.’
    1. 1.1He would.
      ‘he'd like to see you’
      • ‘Cage was told that in order to get the cast he wanted, he'd have to agree to appear in the film.’
      • ‘He used to sit there and paint and he'd tell us exactly what time the colour would change.’
      • ‘This week was going to be the turning point, the time he'd start bringing some maturity to his game.’
      • ‘He sounds keen to make the step up again but insisted that he'd make no decision in the immediate future.’
      • ‘When I set this up for him the idea was he'd write about books but of course that's not how it's panned out.’
      • ‘If Sigmund Freud was alive today and could talk to cats, he'd have a field day.’
      • ‘In the first case, he'd have no hope, but in the second the odds were sixty-forty in his favour.’
      • ‘If you can help with parts two and three I'm sure he'd be happy to hear from you.’
      • ‘It would be like a mate in the pub telling you he'd have bought you a pint had you been here 30 seconds ago!’
      • ‘If someone hadn't have stopped him, he'd be halfway down the Channel Tunnel by now.’
      • ‘A couple of years ago he first began to think he'd like to join monastic life full time.’
      • ‘His name has avoided the headlines, but we actually think he'd be pretty great.’
      • ‘Even if he won the first two and disappeared, he'd have completed the set and have nothing more to prove.’
      • ‘The wise old heads would advise him to lay up, but he'd invariably go for the big shot.’
      • ‘A therapist told him that if he didn't become the person he needed to be, he'd be dead in two months.’
      • ‘Whereas at one point we would always destroy those moves, he'd always want to exemplify them.’
      • ‘He's been very happy with the meat, the only thing he'd change next time would be the size of the joints.’
      • ‘Another guy selling vegetables told me if there was war he'd be the first to sign up.’
      • ‘On one hand, he would know ages in advance that the storm was coming, and he'd have enough time to go away.’
      • ‘More broadly, he'd like to see less interference from Government in all our lives.’