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  Were (Were) (?), v. t. & i.

To wear. See 3d Wear. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Were (Were), n.

A weir. See Weir. [Obs.] Chaucer. Sir P. Sidney.
Were (Were), v. t.
[AS. werian.]

To guard; to protect. [Obs.] Chaucer.
Were (Were) (?).
[AS. w¿re (thou) wast, w¿ron (we, you, they) were, w¿re imp. subj. See Was.]

The imperfect indicative plural, and imperfect subjunctive singular and plural, of the verb be. See Be.
Were (Were) (?), n.
[AS. wer; akin to OS. & OHG. wer, Goth. wa\'a1r, L. vir, Skr. vi¯ra. Cf. Weregild, and Werewolf.]

1. A man. [Obs.]
2. A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's life; weregild. [Obs.] "Every man was valued at a certain sum, which was called his were." Bosworth.

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