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  Was (Was) (?).
[AS. wæs, 2d pers. wæ¯re, 3d pers. wæs, pl. wæ¯ron, with the inf. wesan to be; akin to D. wezen, imp. was, OHG. wesan, imp. was, G. wesen, n., a being, essence, war was, Icel. vera to be, imp. var, Goth. wisan to be, to dwell, to remain, imp. was, Skr. vas to remain, to dwell. root/148. Cf. Vernacular, Wassail, Were, v.]

The first and third persons singular of the verb be, in the indicative mood, preterit (imperfect) tense; as, I was; he was.

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