Definition of we in English:


Line breaks: we
Pronunciation: /wiː


[first person plural]
  • 1Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself and one or more other people considered together: shall we have a drink?
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    • Two weeks later Clare was moved to a children's home and we didn't see her any more.
    • We're hoping to do that this year.
  • 1.1Used to refer to the speaker together with other people regarded in the same category: nobody knows kids better than we teachers do
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    • A problem also touched upon in Ben's comments is the fact that we ex-pats are not allowed to vote in our countries of residence either.
    • Can't we politicians all just get along?
  • 1.2People in general: we should eat as varied and well-balanced a diet as possible
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    • We all have to die some day.
    • We all need someone we can talk to.
  • 1.3West Indian Us or our: thought you wasn’t coming to look for we
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    • Police used to give we a hard time on the road.
  • 2Used in formal contexts for or by a royal person, or by a writer or editor, to refer to himself or herself: in this section we discuss the reasons for this decision
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    • Next we shall analyse the influence of economic status on various aspects of life, such as standard of living and education of children.
    • Still others say the queen was disposed to say ‘We are not amused’ whenever the conversation took a ribald turn.
  • 3Used condescendingly to refer to the person being addressed: how are we today?
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    • ‘My my, aren't we looking nice today,’ she said and got his attention.
    • Now are we going to get dressed and go to school?
    • ‘Hello, Brian. How are we feeling today?’


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wij and German wir.

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