Definition of would-be in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwo͝od ˌbē/


[attributive] often derogatory
Desiring or aspiring to be a specified type of person: a would-be actress who dresses up as Marilyn Monroe
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  • Making too much of a clamor over the issue could send a wrong signal to the business world and would-be investors.
  • One other conundrum for the board and would-be investors to contemplate is the question of future leadership.
  • Knowing that the club would still have a home at which to play would be a massive boost for any would-be investor.
aspiring, budding, promising, prospective, potential, hopeful, keen, eager, ambitious
informal wannabe

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