Was definitions

wŭz, wŏz; wəz when unstressed
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.

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(WebSphere Application Server) See WebSphere.
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First-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
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Third-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
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(proscribed, dialect) Second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
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(colloquial) Second person plural simple past tense of be.
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Origin of was

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 *hâ‚‚wes- (“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 *bÊ°ew- (“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 *hâ‚‚wes- (“to reside").