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Definitions of Was

  1. The first and third persons singular of the verb be, in the indicative mood, preterit (imperfect) tense; as, I was; he was. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A form of a defective verb, used as the imperfect tense of the verb be. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. The past tense of the verb be. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. of Be Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5. The past tense of the verb to be; as, I was, thou wast or wert, he was; we, you, or they were. Sometimes used elliptically for there was. The forms of the subjunctive occur in such expressions as, if I were, or were I to go; if thou wert; wert thou; were they, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. The first and third person singular of the past tense of the verb Be. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. 1st and 3d pers. sing. ind. of to be. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

Usage examples for Was

  1. What was it that made you? – The Turmoil A Novel by Booth Tarkington
  2. Who was that man? – Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin
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