Were meaning

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Third-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.

They were a fine group.

They were to be the best of friends from that day on.

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Second-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.

Mary and John, you were right.

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First-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.

We were about to leave.

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Were is the past tense of be.

An example of were is what a student would say if he was telling his mother that he and his friends had studied yesterday - We were studying yesterday.

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Simple imperfect subjunctive in all persons of be.
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    Maccabi would have been out of contention were it not for Stoke's profligacy, but their fortune eventually ran out as the visitors opened the scoring.

I wish that it were Sunday.

I wish that I were with you.

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(Northern England) Was.
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(archaic) Man (human male), as in werewolf (“man-wolf").
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(fandom slang) The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.
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Man; prefix most commonly used with animal names to indicate a person who changes shape into that animal.
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Second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.

John, you were the only person to see him.

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Origin of were

Back-formation from werewolf (“man-wolf"), from Old English werwulf, derived from wer (“man"), from Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (“man") + wulf (“wolf").