was

[ wuhz, woz; unstressed wuh z ]
/ wʌz, wɒz; unstressed wəz /

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verb

1st and 3rd person singular pt. indicative of be.

Origin of was

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

Definition for was (2 of 2)

be
[ bee; unstressed bee, bi ]
/ bi; unstressed bi, bɪ /

verb (used without object), present singular 1st person am, 2nd are or (Archaic) art, 3rd is, present plural are; past singular 1st person was, 2nd were or (Archaic) wast or wert, 3rd was, past plural were; present subjunctive be; past subjunctive singular 1st person were, 2nd were or (Archaic) wert, 3rd were; past subjunctive plural were; past participle been; present participle be·ing.

auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person am, 2nd are or (Archaic) art, 3rd is, present plural are; past singular 1st person was, 2nd were or (Archaic) wast or wert, 3rd was, past plural were; present subjunctive be; past subjunctive singular 1st person were, 2nd were or (Archaic) wert, 3rd were; past subjunctive plural were; past participle been; present participle be·ing.

Origin of be

before 900; Middle English been, Old English bēon (bēo- (akin to Old Frisian, Old High German bim, German bin, Old Saxon bium, biom (I) am, Old English, Old High German, Old Saxon būan, Old Norse būa reside, Latin fuī (I) have been, Greek phy- grow, become, Old Irish boí (he) was, Sanskrit bhávati (he) becomes, is, Lithuanian búti to be, OCS byti, Persian būd was)) + -n infinitive suffix. See am, is, are1, was, were

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH be

be bee

usage note for be

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British Dictionary definitions for was (1 of 6)

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

British Dictionary definitions for was (2 of 6)

Be

the chemical symbol for

beryllium

British Dictionary definitions for was (3 of 6)

BE

abbreviation for

bill of exchange
(in the US) Board of Education
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Engineering

British Dictionary definitions for was (4 of 6)


abbreviation for

Baumé

British Dictionary definitions for was (5 of 6)

be1
/ (biː, unstressed ) /

verb present singular 1st person am; 2nd person are; 3rd person is; present plural are; past singular 1st person was; 2nd person were; 3rd person was; past plural were; present participle being or past participle been (intr)

Word Origin for be

Old English bēon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is

British Dictionary definitions for was (6 of 6)

be2

the internet domain name for

Belgium
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Medical definitions for was

Be

The symbol for the elementberyllium
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Scientific definitions for was

Be

The symbol for beryllium.
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Idioms and Phrases with was

be

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