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[v] expresses an emotional, practical, or other reason for doing something; "You had better put on warm clothes"; "You should call your mother-in-law"; "The State ought to repair the bridges"
[v] be logically necessary
[v] be expected to; "Parties should be fun"


had better, must, need, ought

Misc. Definitions

\Should\, imp. of {Shall}. [OE. sholde, shulde, scholde, schulde, AS. scolde, sceolde. See {Shall}.] Used as an auxiliary verb, to express a conditional or contingent act or state, or as a supposition of an actual fact; also, to express moral obligation (see {Shall}); e. g.: they should have come last week; if I should go; I should think you could go. ``You have done that you should be sorry for.'' --Shak. Syn: See {Ought}.

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