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were    : [wɚ] [w'ɚ]
Were \Were\, v. t. & i.
To wear. See 3d {Wear}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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Were \Were\, n.
A weir. See {Weir}. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Sir P. Sidney.
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Were \Were\, v. t. [AS. werian.]
To guard; to protect. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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Were \Were\ (w[~e]r; 277). [AS. w[=ae]re (thou) wast, w[=ae]ron
(we, you, they) were, w[=ae]re imp. subj. See {Was}.]
The imperfect indicative plural, and imperfect subjunctive
singular and plural, of the verb be. See {Be}.
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Were \Were\ (w[=e]r), n. [AS. wer; akin to OS. & OHG. wer, Goth.
wa['i]r, L. vir, Skr. v[imac]ra. Cf. {Weregild}, and
{Werewolf}.]
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1. A man. [Obs.]
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2. A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's
life; weregild. [Obs.]
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Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was
called his were. --Bosworth.
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