Definition of I'd in US English:

I'd

contraction

  • 1I had.

    ‘I'd agreed to go’
    • ‘Ever since I was three, I'd always want to be doing songs around the house and singing for friends.’
    • ‘Naively, I'd seen myself arriving in villages like some mysterious man of the mountains.’
    • ‘Back when I was fifteen, the music that meant the most to me was by bands I'd never heard.’
    • ‘We'd stopped off at Chatsworth for a picnic, and I'd no idea what was going on.’
    • ‘When friends found out that I'd gone on the march, they were rather surprised.’
    • ‘I kind of liked some of it, mainly because I'd never seen anything about Sonic Youth before.’
    • ‘It's ages since I've been on a weekend train, and I'd forgotten how fast they went.’
    • ‘This was something I'd thought of doing when first developing the site and gave up as too much manual labour.’
    • ‘I knew something must be wrong when I overtook a second bus with the same number as one I'd already past.’
    • ‘As I opened one of them up I suddenly realised that I'd stashed them for a reason.’
    • ‘I spent more money on one night out than I'd spent in the preceding week in my town.’
    • ‘I'd agreed on a hundred yuan a month with my boss.’
    • ‘I stood back and looked at my handiwork, feeling happy I'd actually done something about it.’
    • ‘This was the second time I'd seen Romeo and Juliet staged as a ballet set to Prokofiev's epic score.’
    • ‘At the end of my songs, all these people clapped and cheered - people I'd never met!’
    • ‘I wish I'd rejoined the union relevant to my work, the National Union of Journalists.’
    • ‘I carried on walking, thinking that I'd imagined it, and then the pain grew worse.’
    • ‘I wish I’d gone to the graduation ceremony.’
    • ‘I wasn't working at the time and I had no intentions to either because I'd just had an accident.’
    • ‘There was so much pressure to succeed, I felt like I'd aged at least five years.’
    1. 1.1 I would or I should.
      ‘I'd like a bath’
      • ‘I'm content with my weight right now, but I know I'd be even happier with just a few kilos less.’
      • ‘I rang Tom and said I'd like to meet up and interview him for the New Humanist.’
      • ‘Like I said, I'd really like that iPod but don't worry about it if it's too expensive.’
      • ‘Judging by the amount of swearing he didn't do while he was setting it all up I'd say it's a civilised machine.’
      • ‘That's because I put it in the basement, and I'd have to go all the way down there to get it.’
      • ‘What I'd like to introduce to you is how Shanghai comes to host these major musicals.’
      • ‘I'm not after money back or anything, but if you could fix the problem I'd very much appreciate it!’
      • ‘I can't seem to convince Hilary that it's a good idea, so I thought I'd leave it up to you.’
      • ‘It's a good thing Metro was invented, or I'd still be utterly stumped for things to write about.’
      • ‘Check it out, and drop your comments here - I'd be really interested in your thoughts.’
      • ‘I don't think I'd get away with ordering it at the pub on Friday lunchtime, though.’
      • ‘If I could do it, I'd sell my home now and buy it back when prices have fallen.’
      • ‘In fact, I'd suggest he takes a leap of faith and challenges his convictions, but that's just me.’
      • ‘I think I'd have been inclined to shuffle about and mumble something unintelligible.’
      • ‘Just thought that I'd try and find a name that was a little more original.’
      • ‘I thought I'd write to let you know how things were going - it's a long time since we had a good chat.’
      • ‘However, I'd be willing to let the semantics go were the film not so dreadful.’
      • ‘If I were any kind of a gentleman I'd have stepped aside for a woman or child and taken my chances on the mountain.’
      • ‘If I had a set of characters I had carefully nurtured for over ten years, I'd be protective too.’
      • ‘I decided anyway that if there was going to be a power cut I'd rather be on the surface, so got off at Charing Cross.’

Pronunciation

I'd

/īd//aɪd/