[ 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
Words nearby we
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British Dictionary definitions for we
/ (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
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