- 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.
From Middle English was, from Old English wæs, from Proto-Germanic *was, (compare Scots was, Dutch was, Low German was, German war, Swedish var), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wes- (“to reside”). The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of three originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form be is from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (“to become”). The words is and are are both derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₁es- (“to be”). Lastly, the past forms starting with w- such as was and were are from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wes- (“to reside”).
was - Computer Definition
Variant of be
intransitive verbwas or were, been, being
- 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 of beMiddle 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