were
Pronunciation
  • (British) enPR: wûr, IPA: /wɜː(ɹ)/
  • (British, regional) enPR: wâr, IPA: /wɛə(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR: wûr, IPA: /wɝ/
  • (British) enPR: wər, IPA: /wə(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR: wər, IPA: /wɚ/
Verb
  1. second-person singular simple past indicative of be#English|be
    John, you were the only person to see him.
  2. first/second/third-person plural simple past indicative of be#English|be
    We were about to leave.
    Mary and John, you were right.
    They were a fine group.
    They were to be the best of friends from that day on.
  3. first/second/third-person singular/plural simple present/past subjunctive of be#English|be
    I wish that it were Sunday.
    I wish that 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,...)
  4. (Northern England) was.
Synonyms
  • (second-person singular past indicative, archaic) wast (used with “thou)
  • (second-person singular imperfect subjunctive, archaic) wert (used with “thou)
Noun

were (plural weres)

  1. (obsolete) A man, a husband
  2. (obsolete) A fine for slaying a man; weregild.
    • Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was called his were.
  3. (fandom) The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.
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