are[är; unstressed, ər]
- The definition of are is a plural, present tense conjugation of the verb be.
An example of usage of the word "are" is to change the following phrase to present tense: “We will be warm.”
Origin of areFrench ; from Classical Latin area: see area
Origin of areMiddle English aren, from Old English aron, earon; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of areFrench, from Latin ārea, open space; see area.
From Middle English aren, from Old English earun, earon (“are”), reinforced by Old Norse plural forms in er- (displacing alternative Old English sind and bēoþ), from Proto-Germanic *arun (“(they) are", originally, "(they) became”), from the third person plural preterite indicative form of *iraną (“to rise, be quick, become active”), from Proto-Indo-European *er-, *or(w)- (“to rise, lift, move”). Cognate with Old Norse erun (“(they) are”), Old English eart (“(thou) art”). More at art.
- Are is now rarely used except in its derivative hectare.
From French are.