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Meaning of us by Wiktionary Dictionary

us


    Etymology 1

    From Middle English us, from Old English ūs ( “us”, dative personal pronoun ), from Proto-Germanic *uns ( “us” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ne-, *nō-, *n-ge-, *n-sme- ( “us” ). Cognate with West Frisian us, ús ( “us” ), Low German us ( “us” ), Dutch ons ( “us” ), German uns ( “us” ), Danish os ( “us” ), Latin nōs ( “we, us” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( stressed ) enPR: ŭs, IPA: /ʌs/, X-SAMPA: /Vs/
    • ( unstressed ) IPA: /əs/, X-SAMPA: /@s/
    • Rhymes: -ʌs

    Pronoun

    us

    1. ( personal ) me and at least one other person; the objective case of we .
    2. ( colloquial ) me
      Give us a look at your paper .
      Give us your wallet!
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    Determiner

    us

    1. The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person .
      It's not good enough for us teachers .
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    Etymology 2

    Derived from the similarity between the letter u and the Greek letter µ .

    Symbol

    us

    1. Alternative spelling of µs .

    Statistics

    Anagrams

    • SU, Su

    Etymology

    From Proto-Germanic, from Proto-Indo-European *n̥s, *nes. Cognates include Old Frisian ūs ( West Frisian ús ), Old Saxon ūs ( Low German os, ons ), Dutch ons, Old High German uns ( German uns ), Old Norse oss ( Swedish oss ), Gothic ������ ( uns ). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin nos .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /uːs/

    Pronoun

    ūs ( personal pronoun )

    1. us: accusative or dative plural form of iċ

    U. S.

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/03/17 22:15 UTC Version )

    Abbreviation

    U. S .

    1. Alternative form of US .

    U.S.

    By Wiktionary ( 2011/07/13 16:03 UTC Version )

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /juː.ɛs/

    Proper noun

    U.S .

    1. Variant of of US

    Anagrams

    • SU, Su

    u's

    By Wiktionary ( 2010/09/07 02:02 UTC Version )

    Noun

    u's

    1. Plural form of u .

    See also

    • U's

    Usage notes

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    Anagrams

    • SU, Su


Explanation of us by Wordnet Dictionary

us


    Noun
    1. North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean



    Definition of us by GCIDE Dictionary

    us


    1. Us pron. [OE. us, AS. s; akin to OFries. & OS. s, D. ons, G. uns, Icel. & Sw. oss, Dan. os, Goth. uns, L. nos we, us, Gr. we, Skr. nas us. Cf. Nostrum, Our.] The persons speaking, regarded as an object; ourselves; -- the objective case of we. See We. “Tell us a tale.” Chaucer.

      Give us this day our daily bread. Matt. vi. 11.

    2. We ( wē ), pron.; pl. of I. [Poss. Our ( our ) or Ours ( ourz ); obj. Us ( ŭs ). See I.] [As. wē; akin to OS. wī, OFries. & LG. wi, D. wij, G. wir, Icel. vēr, Sw. & Dan. vi, Goth. weis, Skr. vayam. √190.] The plural nominative case of the pronoun of the first person; the word with which a person in speaking or writing denotes a number or company of which he is one, as the subject of an action expressed by a verb.

      ☞ We is frequently used to express men in general, including the speaker. We is also often used by individuals, as authors, editors, etc., in speaking of themselves, in order to avoid the appearance of egotism in the too frequent repetition of the pronoun I. The plural style is also in use among kings and other sovereigns, and is said to have been begun by King John of England. Before that time, monarchs used the singular number in their edicts. The German and the French sovereigns followed the example of King John in a. d. 1200.