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Definition of "we" [we]

  • 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. (pronoun)
  • 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). (pronoun)
  • Used instead of I, especially by a writer wishing to reduce or avoid a subjective tone. (pronoun)
  • Used instead of I, especially by an editorialist, in expressing the opinion or point of view of a publication's management. (pronoun)
  • Used instead of I by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself. (pronoun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "we" in a sentence
  • "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?"
  • "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."
  • " 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."
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