We definition

Frequency:
Used to refer to people in general, including the speaker or writer.
pronoun
21
5
Used instead of I, especially by a writer wishing to reduce or avoid a subjective tone.
pronoun
11
1
Used instead of I, especially by an editorialist, in expressing the opinion or point of view of a publication's management.
pronoun
13
5
Used by the speaker or writer to indicate the speaker or writer along with another or others as the subject.

We made it to the lecture hall on time. We are planning a trip to Arizona this winter.

pronoun
11
4
We is used to show a collective group of people, generally including the speaker or writer.

An example of we used as a pronoun is in the sentence, "Clara and I love dessert; we really enjoy ice cream," which means that Clara and I really enjoy ice cream.

pronoun
5
2
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Used instead of I by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself.
pronoun
4
2
I
pronoun
3
2
You.
pronoun
3
2
Wednesday.
abbreviation
3
2
(personal) The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
pronoun
3
2
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Used instead of you in direct address, especially to imply a patronizing camaraderie with the addressee.

How are we feeling today?

pronoun
2
2
See Wii.
2
2
(personal) The speaker/writer alone. (The use of we in the singular is the editorial we, used by writers and others, including royalty"”the royal we"”as a less personal substitute for I. The reflexive case of this sense of we is ourself.)
pronoun
2
2
The persons speaking or writing, or the persons on whose behalf someone is speaking or writing.
pronoun
2
3
(personal) Plural form of you, including everyone being addressed.

How are we all tonight?

pronoun
1
2
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The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.

We Canadians like to think of ourselves as different.

determiner
1
2

Origin of we

  • Middle English from Old English we- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English wÄ“ (“we"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«z, *wiz (“we"), from Proto-Indo-European *wéy (“we (plural)"). Cognate with Scots wee, we (“we"), North Frisian we (“we"), West Frisian wy (“we"), Low German wi (“we"), Dutch we, wij (“we"), German wir (“we"), Danish, Swedish and Norwegian vi (“we"), Icelandic vér, við (“we").

    From Wiktionary