What is the meaning of "would" in the following sentence:

He would sometimes relive the battle in his dreams.

Is it about what may happen in the future or about something that used to happen in the past?

It seems meanings 12 and 13 in the following dictionary allow both meanings: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/would?q=would

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    It means repeated habitual action in the past. Commented Nov 28, 2021 at 18:31
  • Need more context. Jack O's comment is probably correct. But if it was something like a description of the trauma that will result from a battle about to happen, it might be an indication of a future event.
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 28, 2021 at 19:52
  • @Dan there's no context. It is an example in a dictionary. Commented Nov 28, 2021 at 20:22


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