we Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “we” in the English Dictionary

"we" in British English

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uk   us   strong /wiː/ weak /wi/

we pronoun (GROUP)

A1 used as the ​subject of a ​verb to refer to a ​groupincluding the ​speaker and at least one other ​person: Can we all go to the ​swimmingpool 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 ​peoplelistening or ​reading: In today's ​lecture, we will be ​exploring the ​worldeconomicsituation.
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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 alllive should be ​cherished and not ​exploited.
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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: 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 ​speakingofficially to ​mean "I"
(Definition of we from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"we" in American English

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wepronoun [pl]

 us   /wi, /

we pronoun [pl] (PEOPLE)

the ​personspeaking and one or more ​others: If you don’t ​hurry up we won’t be on ​time. We can be used by a ​speaker or a ​writer to refer to the ​listener or ​personreading and the ​personspeaking or writing: We have to get ​started now if we’re going to ​finish this ​afternoon. We can also ​mean you: Now everyone, we don’t ​want to be late, do we?

we pronoun [pl] (ALL PEOPLE)

all ​people; everyone: We ​live on ​planetearth.
(Definition of we from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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