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Etymology

Old English wǣre.

Pronunciation

Rhymes: -ɜː(r)

Homophones

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 past tense subjunctive in all persons of be.
    I wish it were Sunday.
    I wish I were with you.
    • with "if" omitted, put first in an "if" clause:
    Were it simply that she wore a hat, I would not be upset at all. (= If it were simply...)
    Were father a king, we would have war. (= If father were a king,...)

Synonyms

  • (second-person singular past indicative, archaic) wast (used with "thou")
  • (second-person singular past subjunctive, archaic) wert (used with "thou")

See also

Noun

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  1. archaic for man (human male), see werewolf, weregild, world.

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