Definition - were

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were
  1. to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form; "let her be"
  2. happen, occur, take place; "I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents' house"; "There were two hundred people at his funeral"; "There was a lot of noise in the kitchen"
  3. spend or use time; "I may be an hour"
  4. work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher"
  5. have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"
  6. have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
  7. have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war"
  8. be identical to; be someone or something; "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house"
  9. form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for