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Definitions of We

  1. Of I. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  2. Of I; a word denoting the person speaking along with one or more. Note.-We is employed by sovereigns in addresing their subjects, and by authors, editors, and the like, with the view of avoiding the appearance of egotism in the use of I. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. The first pers. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. Of I: I and another or others: I and he or she, or I and they. We is sometimes, like they, vaguely used for society, people in general, the world, etc., but when the speaker or writer uses we he identifies himself more or less directly with the statement; when he uses they he implies no such identification. Both pronouns thus used may be translated by the French on and the German man; as we (or they) say-on dit, man sagt. "'They say so.' 'And who are "they"" Everybody-nobody. They! They is a regular scandal-monger, an unknown, unacknowledged, unseen, unanswered, unauthorized creation quoted on all occasions.'"-Mrs. S. C. Hall. We is requently used by individuals, as editors, authors, and the like, when alluding to themselves, in order to avoid the appearance of egotism which it is assumed would result from the frequent use of the pronoun I, though it is an open question whether or not we is any less egotistic than I, in authorship. The plural style is also used by kings and other potentates, and is said to have been first used in his edicts by King John of England, according to others by Richard I. The French and German sovereigns followed the example about the beginning of the thirteenth century. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Of I, denoting the person speaking, and another or others with him; men in general; everybody. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Plural of I. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. The plural nominative case of the pronoun of the first person; the word with which a person in speaking or writing denotes a number or company of which he is one, as the subject of an action expressed by a verb. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for We

  1. Very well, we will go." – Rollo in Paris by Jacob Abbott
  2. Paul, what are we going to do?" – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
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