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Meaning of are by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    From Middle English aren, from Old English earun, earon ( “are” ), reinforced by Old Norse plural forms in er- ( displacing alternative Old English sind and bēoþ ), from Proto-Germanic *arun ( “( they ) are", originally, "( they ) became” ), from the third person plural preterite indicative form of *iranan ( “to rise, be quick, become active” ), from Proto-Indo-European *er-, *or( w )- ( “to rise, lift, move” ). Cognate with Old Norse erun ( “( they ) are” ), Old English eart ( “( thou ) art” ). More at art .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɑː( ɹ )/, SAMPA: /A:( \r )/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( r )
    • ( US ) IPA: /ɑɹ/, SAMPA: /Ar\/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /ə( ɹ )/, SAMPA: /@( r\ )/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ɚ/, SAMPA: /@`/
    • Homophones: argh, r



    1. second-person singular simple present tense of be
      Mary, where are you going?
    2. first-person plural simple present tense of be
      We are not coming .
    3. second-person plural simple present tense of be
      Mary and John, are you listening?
    4. third-person plural simple present tense of be
      They are here somewhere .

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    Etymology 2

    From French are .


    are ( plural: ares )

    1. ( rare ) An accepted ( but deprecated and rare used ) SI unit of area equal to 100 square metres, or a former unit of approximately the same extent. Symbol: a
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    Derived terms



    • ear
    • era, ERA
    • Rae


    • IPA: /ˈaːre/



    1. Plural form of ār .
    2. accusative singular of ār
    3. genitive singular of ār
    4. dative singular of ār
    5. accusative plural of ār

Explanation of are by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters

    Definition of are by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Are [AS. ( Northumbrian ) aron, akin to the 1st pers. pl. forms, Icel. erum, Goth. sijum, L. sumus, Gr. , Skr. smas; all from a root as. See Am and Is, and cf. Be.] The present indicative plural of the substantive verb to be; but etymologically a different word from be, or was. Am, art, are, and is, all come from the root as.

    2. Are n. [F., fr. L. area. See Area.] ( Metric system ) The unit of superficial measure, being a square of which each side is ten meters in length; 100 square meters, or about 119.6 square yards.