Definition of they'd in English:

they'd

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  • 1They had.

    • ‘I charitably overlooked the fact this cost slightly more than they'd given me.’
    • ‘Then, ages after they'd arrived, the crew got water to come out of the hose.’
    • ‘They argued that they'd given him every opportunity to put his side of the story.’
    • ‘Through no fault of their own, they'd just fallen through some of the gaps in our system.’
    • ‘Police said yesterday they'd been unable to go onto the site on Tuesday night because of its dangers.’
    • ‘Half an hour later four of the nine absent jurors arrived to the news that they'd been fined.’
    • ‘He said he would have fired the officers even if they'd been acquitted of all charges.’
    • ‘From their accents, it was apparent that they'd come down from Scotland to take part in the event.’
    • ‘Loud snores drifted over from one side of the room as someone had become so relaxed they'd fallen asleep.’
    • ‘I had a bit of a hangover because Bruce, Pam and I had polished off a couple of beers when they'd got back.’
    • ‘No one else they'd ever employed had been able to do what she did as quickly as she did.’
    • ‘Someone last week left me a comment to say that they'd typed in the URL as printed in their newspaper.’
    • ‘One day at school, someone turned up with a box of records they said they'd found at Lime Street station.’
    • ‘So they wouldn't say that they'd cooked a meal for their girlfriend or gone to see a film with their boyfriend.’
    • ‘You'd have thought they'd never seen a naked man before, but then that's booze for you.’
    • ‘Perhaps they'd be in a better position now, if they'd taken the risk of opposition seriously.’
    • ‘I wish they'd divorced years and years before, because I think he would have been a happy man.’
    • ‘She said that those ladies must have been lying when they'd promised their support.’
    • ‘After meeting everybody, each person wrote down those they'd been attracted to.’
    • ‘She said she'd let me know the next day when they'd made a decision on who to hire.’
    1. 1.1They would.
      • ‘They would have got six months in jail or whatever and then they'd have come looking for me.’
      • ‘Perhaps if the public owned them, they'd be running better.’
      • ‘Before going to war soldiers have always had to ask themselves if they'd be willing to die for their cause.’
      • ‘Those in the toy business have to be pretty good at judging the future market, or they'd never make any money.’
      • ‘When bad weather came, they'd sail up one of the creeks around the lake for shelter.’
      • ‘Inevitably, some babies wouldn't make it, but at least they'd have been given a chance.’
      • ‘Vic suggested that if I got on the radio they'd have great difficulty ever getting me to shut up.’
      • ‘As an English exercise I got them all to write a speech about what they'd like to say.’
      • ‘They knew they would be late, so they decided that they'd sleep in their van, which was in the car park.’
      • ‘Don't worry about all the doctrinal injunctions in the catechism, they'd tell us.’
      • ‘You'd think that they'd maybe put the results up on the front page of their web site, wouldn't you?’
      • ‘It does make me wonder whether they'd do the same with their cash-machine PIN numbers.’
      • ‘Yet after an all-nighter they'd go out for a celebratory lunch, then go home and come in late the next day.’
      • ‘They were irate, and justifiably so, though it was nothing to what they'd feel at the final whistle.’
      • ‘I knew it was only a one in a thousand chance that they'd be hurt, but was still relieved.’
      • ‘They said they'd pay her a fiver then proceeded to borrow a tenner from me.’
      • ‘Far from sneering at our obsolete goods, they'd be raving about all our fabulous antiques.’
      • ‘How many of them have given thought to their audience and the type of things they'd like to hear on a regular basis?’
      • ‘Perhaps the local police could investigate, but they'd have to be paid for their time, too.’
      • ‘The two couples that we see most of responded before the weekend, saying yes, they'd like to come.’

Pronunciation:

they'd

/T͟Hād/