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Meaning of were by Wiktionary Dictionary

Were


    Etymology 1

    Old English wǣre .

    Pronunciation

    • ( stressed )
      • ( UK ) IPA: /wɜː( ɹ )/, SAMPA: /w3:( r\ )/
      • ( US ) enPR: wûr, IPA: /wɝ/, SAMPA: /w3`/
    • ( unstressed )
      • ( UK ) IPA: /wə( ɹ )/, SAMPA: /w@( r\ )/
      • ( US ) enPR: wər, IPA: /wɚ/, SAMPA: /w@`/

    Rhymes: -ɜː( r )

    Verb

    were

    1. Second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be .
      John, you were the only person to see him .
    2. First-person plural simple past tense indicative of be .
      We were about to leave .
    3. Second-person plural simple past tense indicative of be .
      Mary and John, you were right .
    4. Third-person plural simple past tense indicative of be .
      They were a fine group .
    5. Simple imperfect subjunctive in all persons of be .
      I wish that it were Sunday .
      I wish that I were with you.
    6. ( Northern England ) was .
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    See also

    • am
    • are
    • is
    • art
    • be
    • being

    Etymology 2

    Old English wer, from Proto-Germanic *werāz, from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós ( “man” ) .

    Noun

    were ( plural: weres )

    1. ( archaic ) man ( human male ), as in werewolf ( “man-wolf” ) .
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    Anagrams


    we're

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/08/27 05:59 UTC Version )

    Etymology

    Contraction of "we ( a )re" .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /wɪə( ɹ )/
    • ( US ) IPA: /wɪɹ/, /wɪɚ/
    • ( Some southern English accents ) IPA: /wɜː( ɹ )/ ( stressed ); IPA: /wə( ɹ )/ ( unstressed )

    短縮形

    we're

    1. we are .

    Anagrams


    were-

    By Wiktionary ( 2011/08/19 10:46 UTC Version )

    Etymology

    Back-formation from werewolf ( “man-wolf” ), from Old English werwulf, derived from wer ( “man” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós ( “man” ) + wulf ( “wolf” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /weə( ɹ )/ SAMPA: /wE@( r )/

    Preposition

    were-

    1. man; prefix most commonly used with animal names to indicate a person who changes shape into that animal .

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Definition of were by GCIDE Dictionary

Were


  1. Were v. t. & i. To wear. See 3d Wear. [Obs.] Chaucer.

  2. Were, n. A weir. See Weir. [Obs.] Chaucer. Sir P. Sidney.

  3. Were, v. t. [AS. werian.] To guard; to protect. [Obs.] Chaucer.

  4. Were ( wẽr; 277 ). [AS. wǣre ( thou ) wast, wǣron ( we, you, they ) were, wǣre imp. subj. See Was.] The imperfect indicative plural, and imperfect subjunctive singular and plural, of the verb be. See Be.

  5. Were ( wēr ), n. [AS. wer; akin to OS. & OHG. wer, Goth. waír, L. vir, Skr. vīra. Cf. Weregild, and Werewolf.]

    1. A man. [Obs.]

    2. A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's life; weregild. [Obs.]

    Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was called his were. Bosworth.