Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Language: Old English
Origin:

we

pronoun
     
we S1 W1 [used as the subject of a verb]
1XX used by the person speaking or writing to refer to himself or herself and one or more other people:
'Did you go into the supermarket?' 'No, we didn't.'
Shall we stop for a coffee?
So we all travelled down to Brighton together.
We declare our support for a government of national unity.
We Italians are proud of our history.
2AL used by a writer or speaker to include themselves and their readers or listeners:
As we saw in Chapter 4, slavery was not the only cause of the Civil War.
3 people in general:
We live on a complex planet.
4 formalPGO used by a king or queen to refer to himself or herself
5 spoken sometimes used to mean 'you' when speaking to children or people who are ill:
How are we feeling today, Mr. Robson?

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary