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Meaning of WERE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Were\, v. t. & i.
    To wear. See 3d {Wear}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Were\, n.
    A weir. See {Weir}. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Sir P. Sidney.
  3. \Were\, v. t. [AS. werian.]
    To guard; to protect. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  4. \Were\ (w[~e]r; 277). [AS. w[=ae]re (thou) wast, w[=ae]ron
    (we, you, they) were, w[=ae]re imp. subj. See {Was}.]
    The imperfect indicative plural, and imperfect subjunctive
    singular and plural, of the verb be. See {Be}.
  5. \Were\ (w[=e]r), n. [AS. wer; akin to OS. & OHG. wer, Goth.
    wa['i]r, L. vir, Skr. v[=i]ra. Cf. {Weregild}, and
    1. A man. [Obs.]
    2. A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's
       life; weregild. [Obs.]
             Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was
             called his were.                      --Bosworth.