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  1. should(verb)

    Be obliged to; have an obligation to; ought to;



English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. should

    One ought to do that which he is under moral obligation or in duty bound to do. Ought is the stronger word, holding most closely to the sense of moral obligation, or sometimes of imperative logical necessity; should may have the sense of moral obligation or may apply merely to propriety or expediency, as in the proverb, "The liar should have a good memory," i. e., he will need it. Ought is sometimes used of abstractions or inanimate things as indicating what the mind deems to be imperative or logically necessary in view of all the conditions; as, these goods ought to go into that space; these arguments ought to convince him; should in such connections would be correct, but less emphatic. Compare DUTY.


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  1. List of paraphrases for "should":

    ought, expected, oughta, gotta, needs

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  1. Bill Gates:

    With the state of science and the wealth of the world, that really should be an affront, we really shouldn't accept that this disease can continue.

  2. Leura Fine:

    The benefit of having a great space, that you and your team are proud of, is that you can use it to help build your brand. you should be using your office space as a marketing tool, to attract and wow new clients, team members and even investors and you should also be using your space to host a variety of events, as opposed to paying someone else to rent theirs.

  3. Elizabeth Warren:

    Congress should not put taxpayers on the hook for another bailout, and this giveaway that was drafted by Citigroup lobbyists has no place in a critical government funding bill.

  4. Commissioner Richard Ross:

    I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law, and not that they didn't do anything wrong.

  5. Senator Monning:

    Californians with terminal diseases should have the autonomy to approach death on their own terms, and I look forward to continuing this policy discussion in the Assembly.

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