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Definitions of We

  1. Of or pertaining to us; belonging to us; as, our country; our rights; our troops; our endeavors. See I.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Of I.
  5. Plural of I.
  6. Of I, denoting the person speaking, and another or others with him; men in general; everybody.
  7. The first pers.
  8. 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.
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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
  3. We mean to come in." – In the Rocky Mountains by W. H. G. Kingston
  4. Come, we must go back, Erik. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  5. Well, why don't we know anything about that? – Time and Time Again by Henry Beam Piper
  6. But how can we help it? – Amy Herbert by Elizabeth Sewell
  7. Shall we-" " He won't. – Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower
  8. " No: we have no right. – Hetty Wesley by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  9. We shall want him. – Loyalties (Fifth Series Plays) by John Galsworthy Last Updated: February 10, 2009
  10. Oh that we could! – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  11. Shall we go to Blackfern's now? – Jacqueline, v1 by Th. Bentzon (Mme. Blanc)
  12. We will see, said he, when we get home, what we can do to it. – The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians by Henry R. Schoolcraft
  13. How can we tell that? – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  14. And if we do, let him have it, Geraldine! – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  15. We do not see them. – Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris by Henry Labouchère
  16. Is there anything we can do to help? – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  17. But where do we go? – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  18. " We have," answered Tom. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  19. How could we tell it if we saw it? – Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  20. We must do what we think is right." – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
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