[ roch-es-ter, -uh-ster ]
/ ˈrɒtʃ ɛs tər, -ə stər /
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John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of, 1647–80, English poet and courtier.
a city in W New York, on the Genesee River.
a town in SE Minnesota.
a city in N Kent, in SE England.
a city in SE New Hampshire.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
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British Dictionary definitions for Rochester (1 of 2)

/ (ˈrɒtʃɪstə) /

a city in SE England, in Medway unitary authority, Kent, on the River Medway. Pop: 27 123 (2001)
a city in NW New York State, on Lake Ontario. Pop: 215 093 (2003 est)
a city in the US, in Minnesota: site of the Mayo Clinic. Pop: 92 507 (2003 est)

British Dictionary definitions for Rochester (2 of 2)

/ (ˈrɒtʃɪstə) /

2nd Earl of, title of John Wilmot . 1647–80, English poet, wit, and libertine. His poems include satires, notably A Satire against Mankind (1675), love lyrics, and bawdy verse
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Cultural definitions for Rochester


City in western New York.

notes for Rochester

Center of the photographic equipment industry.
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