we

[ wee ]
/ wi /

plural pronoun, possessive our or ours, objective us.

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Origin of we

before 900; Middle English, Old English wē; cognate with Dutch wij, German wir, Old Norse vēr, Gothic weis

Definition for we (2 of 2)

I
[ ahy ]
/ aɪ /

pronoun, nominative I, possessive my or mine, objective me; plural nominative we, possessive our or ours, objective us.

the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.

noun, plural I's.

(used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular).
Metaphysics. the ego.

Origin of I

before 900; Middle English ik, ich, i; Old English ic, ih; cognate with German ich, Old Norse ek, Latin ego, Greek egṓ, OCS azŭ, Lithuanian aš, Sanskrit ahám

usage note for I

See me.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH I

aye eye I
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British Dictionary definitions for we (1 of 5)

we
/ (wiː) /

pronoun (subjective)

refers to the speaker or writer and another person or other peoplewe should go now
refers to all people or people in generalthe planet on which we live
  1. when used by editors or other writers, and formerly by monarchs, a formal word for I 1
  2. (as noun)he uses the royal we in his pompous moods
informal used instead of you with a tone of persuasiveness, condescension, or sarcasmhow are we today?

Word Origin for we

Old English wē, related to Old Saxon wī, Old High German wir, Old Norse vēr, Danish, Swedish vi, Sanskrit vayam

British Dictionary definitions for we (2 of 5)

i

I

/ () /

noun plural i's, I's or Is

the ninth letter and third vowel of the modern English alphabet
any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in bite or hit
  1. something shaped like an I
  2. (in combination)an I-beam
dot the i's and cross the t's to pay meticulous attention to detail

British Dictionary definitions for we (3 of 5)

i

symbol for

the imaginary number √–1Also called: j

British Dictionary definitions for we (4 of 5)

I1
/ () /

pronoun

(subjective) refers to the speaker or writer

Word Origin for I

C12: reduced form of Old English ic; compare Old Saxon ik, Old High German ih, Sanskrit ahám

British Dictionary definitions for we (5 of 5)

I2

symbol for

chem iodine
physics current
physics isospin
logic a particular affirmative categorial statement, such as some men are married, often symbolized as SiPCompare A, E, O 1
(Roman numeral) oneSee Roman numerals

abbreviation for

Italy (international car registration)

Word Origin for I

(for sense 4) from Latin (aff) i (rmo) I affirm
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Medical definitions for we

I

The symbol for the elementiodine
i The symbol forcurrent
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Scientific definitions for we (1 of 2)

i
[ ī ]

The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.

Scientific definitions for we (2 of 2)

I

The symbol for electric current.
The symbol for iodine.
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Idioms and Phrases with we

i

see dot the i's and cross the t's.

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