Definition - were

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were
  1. have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
  2. have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war"
  3. be identical to; be someone or something; "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house"
  4. form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"
  5. occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
  6. be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"
  7. represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"
  8. be priced at; "These shoes cost $100"