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was

[ wuhz, woz; unstressed wuhz ]
/ wʌz, wɒz; unstressed wəz /
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verb
first and third person singular past indicative of be.

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Origin of was

First recorded before 950; Middle English; Old English wæs, past tense singular of wesan “to be”; cognate with Old Frisian, Old High German, Gothic was, Old Norse var; cf. wassail
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British Dictionary definitions for was

was
/ (wɒz, unstressed wəz) /

verb
the past tense (indicative mood) of be 1
not standard a form of the subjunctive mood used in place of were, esp in conditional sentencesif the film was to be with you, would you be able to process it?

Word Origin for was

Old English wæs, from wesan to be; related to Old Frisian, Old High German was, Old Norse var
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