Meaning of “were” in the English Dictionary

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"were" in British English

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wereverb

uk strong /wɜːr/ weak /r/ us /wɝː/ //

past simple of be

we're

uk /wɪər/ us /wɪr/

short form of we are:

We're here, Diane.

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(Definition of “were” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"were" in American English

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were

us /wɜr, wər/

past simple of be

we’re

us /wɪər/

contraction of we are:

We’re ready now.

(Definition of “were” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)