Definition - were

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were
  1. be identical to; be someone or something; "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house"
  2. 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"
  3. occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
  4. be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"
  5. represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"
  6. be priced at; "These shoes cost $100"
  7. 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"
  8. spend or use time; "I may be an hour"

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