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shall



Pronunciation: (shal; unstressedshul), [key]
auxiliary v.,
pres. sing. 1st pers. shall,
2nd shall or ( Archaic ) shalt,
3rd shall,
pres. pl. shall;
past sing. 1st pers. should,
2nd should or ( Archaic ) shouldst or should•est,
3rd should,
past pl. should;
imperative, infinitive, and participles lacking.

1. plan to, intend to, or expect to: I shall go later.
2. will have to, is determined to, or definitely will: You shall do it. He shall do it.
3. (in laws, directives, etc.) must; is or are obliged to: The meetings of the council shall be public.
4. (used interrogatively in questions, often in invitations): Shall we go?

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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