Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “we”

See all translations

we

pronoun uk   strong /wiː/ weak /wi/ us  

we pronoun (GROUP)

A1 used as the subject of a verb to refer to a group including the speaker and at least one other person: Can we all go to the swimming pool this afternoon? If you don't hurry up we'll be late. used by a speaker or a writer to refer to themselves and the people listening or reading: In today's lecture, we will be exploring the world economic situation.
More examples

we pronoun (ALL PEOPLE)

B1 used as the subject of a verb to refer to all people, especially when considered as a group: This planet on which we all live should be cherished and not exploited.
More examples

we pronoun (YOU)

informal used as the subject of a verb to mean "you", especially when talking to a child or someone who is ill: Now we don't want to be late for school, do we? "How are we this morning, Mrs Flanagan?" said the doctor.

we pronoun (I)

formal used by a queen or king when speaking officially to mean "I"
Grammar
(Definition of we from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of we?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “we” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More