Meaning of WERE in English

WERE

[were] [ME were (suppletive sing. past subj. & 2d sing. past indic. of been to be), weren (suppletive past pl. of been), fr. OE waere (sing. past subj. & 2d sing. past indic. of wesan to be), waeron (past pl. indic. of wesan), waeren (past pl. subj. of wesan)--more at was] past 2d sing, past pl, or past subjunctive of be

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