[ wee ]
/ wi /
plural pronoun, possessive our or ours, objective us.
nominative plural of I.
(used to denote oneself and another or others): We have two children. In this block we all own our own houses.
(used to denote people in general): the marvels of science that we take for granted.
(used to indicate a particular profession, nationality, political party, etc., that includes the speaker or writer): We in the medical profession have moral responsibilities.
Also called the royal we. (used by a sovereign, or by other high officials and dignitaries, in place of I in formal speech): We do not wear this crown without humility.
Also called the editorial we. (used by editors, writers, etc., to avoid the too personal or specific I or to represent a collective viewpoint): As for this column, we will have nothing to do with shady politicians.
you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm, as in addressing a child, a patient, etc.): We know that's naughty, don't we? It's time we took our medicine.
(used in the predicate following a copulative verb): It is we who should thank you.
(used in apposition with a noun, especially for emphasis): We Americans are a sturdy lot.
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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
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Definition for we (2 of 2)
[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for we (1 of 5)
/ (wiː) /
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
- when used by editors or other writers, and formerly by monarchs, a formal word for I 1
- (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)
/ (aɪ) /
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
- something shaped like an I
- (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)
the imaginary number √–1Also called: j
British Dictionary definitions for we (4 of 5)
/ (aɪ) /
(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)
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
The symbol for the elementiodine
i The symbol forcurrent
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Scientific definitions for we (1 of 2)
[ 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)
The symbol for electric current.
The symbol for iodine.
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Idioms and Phrases with we
see dot the i's and cross the t's.
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