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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wert \Wert\ (w[~e]rt), The second person singular, indicative and subjunctive moods, imperfect tense, of the verb be. It is formed from were, with the ending -t, after the analogy of wast. Now used only in solemn or poetic style. [1913 Webster]
Wert \Wert\, n. A wart. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
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English

Pronunciation

Verb

wert
  1. Second-person singular simple past tense subjunctive of be (used with the pronoun "thou").
    If thou wert mine, I would be in heaven!
    • 1611, The Bible, King James (Authorised) Version, (first & last usages),
      Job 8:6 "If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, ..."
      Revelation 3:15 "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot."
    • 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley, To A Skylark, (first two lines of ode),
      "Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert, ..."

Synonyms

  • (second-person singular, modern) were (used with "you")

References

  • American Heritage 2000
  • Dictionary.com

See also

German

Etymology

From Middle High German wert, akin to Old Saxon werth.

Adjective

wert (+ genitive)

Kurdish

Noun

wert
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