American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- pro. Used by the speaker or writer to indicate the speaker or writer along with another or others as the subject: We made it to the lecture hall on time. We are planning a trip to Arizona this winter.
- pro. Used to refer to people in general, including the speaker or writer: "How can we enter the professions and yet remain civilized human beings?” ( Virginia Woolf).
- pro. Used instead of I, especially by a writer wishing to reduce or avoid a subjective tone.
- pro. Used instead of I, especially by an editorialist, in expressing the opinion or point of view of a publication's management.
- pro. Used instead of I by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself.
- pro. Used instead of you in direct address, especially to imply a patronizing camaraderie with the addressee: How are we feeling today?
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviation of Wednesday.
- I and another or others; I and he or she, or I and they: a personal pronoun, taking the possessive our or ours (see our) and the objective (dative or accusative) us.
- 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, French on dit, German man sagt.
- We is frequently used by individuals, as editors and authors, 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. The plural style is used also 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.
- We and us are sometimes misused for each other.
- pro. personal The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
- pro. personal The speaker/writer alone. (The use of we in the singular is the editorial we, used by writers and others, including royalty—the royal we—as a less personal substitute for I. The reflexive case of this sense of we is ourself.)
- pro. personal Plural form of you, including everyone being addressed.
- The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- pro. 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.
- Middle English, from Old English wē. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Science, discovery, commercial achievement, social problems, the rise and fall of nations -- all come to us and claim attention, but we brush them aside as we repeat, with passionate earnestness: What shall _we_ be -- _we, ourselves_ -- in the coming time?”
“ But how we do it, we get the Saudi delegate who's now accepting the finger pressure of the Dude to have a little furrow on her brow to show she's surmising that what makes it possible must be total FEAR.”
“We cannot� be free as long as our human rights are violated, as long� as we don't have economic equality and as long as we� are not participating in gender-balanced political bodies.”
“As we entered the theatre lobby, we were stopped by the police, detained, and all our packages searched.”
“Although we have much more significant goals for the future of AOL, he continued, we are pleased with this quarter's internal and external trends.”
“Well welcome to my world..as a member of a working migrant family , that's all we knew was to move to where the work was and we didn't make what GM pays..we survived and are better people for it..even though some Anglos think otherwise ... james”
“Because we don't really have two holes; we have five:”
“Our family has no income and we have two children, home, car note, and ect..we are on our way to loosing everything.”
“Thinkofwhy…there is power in NUMBERS..and we have them out numbered…all its going to take are some cases with a high profile..a congressman/ or woman, a few actors etc… and things are going to change real soon..its already started, like a big boulder of truth going down hill..we MUST do our part and spread the word.”
“Land truly belongs to no one..if only for a short time..but while we are guardians of it..we honor it as best we can..and in turn it honors us infinitely!”
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