- Was is a past form of the word be.
An example of was is someone saying they were going to the park, but now they're not.
was definition by Webster's New World
was definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old English wǽs; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.
was - Computer Definition
Variant of be
- to exist; live: Caesar is no more to happen or occur: when will the wedding be? to remain or continue: will he be here long? to come to; belong: peace be with you to have a place or position: the door is on your left
- as a copula, be links its subject to a predicate nominative, adjective, or pronoun so as to express attribution or identity, and by extension, value, cause, signification, etc.; it is sometimes equivalent to the mathematical sign (=): Mrs. Siddons was an actress; he is handsome; that hat is fifty dollars; let x be y
Origin: Middle English been, beon ; from Old English beon: be is a defective verb with parts from three unrelated stems: 1) the Indo-European substantive verb, base an unverified form es-, as in am, is, Sanskrit ásmi, asti, Gothic im, ist; 2) Indo-European base an unverified form wes-, stay, remain, as in was, were, Sanskrit vasati, (he) lingers, stays, Gothic wisan, was, wēsum, remain, be; 3) Indo-European base an unverified form bheu-, grow, become, (it) occurs, is there, Classical Latin fieri, as in be, been, Sanskrit bhávati, be, become: see bondage
- used with the past participle of a transitive verb to form the passive voice: he will be sued
- Archaic used with the past participle of certain intransitive verbs to form a perfect tense: Christ is risen
- used with the present participle of another verb to express continuation: the player is running with the ball
- used with the present participle or infinitive of another verb to express futurity, possibility, obligation, intention, etc.: he is starting next week, you are to help him