Pronunciation Verb
  1. (archaic) second-person singular simple past indicative of be#English|be
    Why wert thou there?
    • 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley, To A Skylark, (first two lines of ode),
      "Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert, ..."
  2. (archaic) second-person singular simple past subjunctive of be#English|be
    If thou wert mine, I would be in heaven!
    • 1611, The Bible, King James (Authorised) Version, (first & last usages),
      Job 8:6 "If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, ..."
      Revelation 3:15 "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot."
  • wast
  • (second-person singular, modern) were (used with "you")

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