Definitions for waswʌz, wɒz; unstressed wəz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
waswʌz, wɒz; unstressed wəz(v.)
Category: Function Word
Ref: 1st and 3rd pers. sing. past indic. of be 1
Origin of was:
bef. 950; ME; OE wæs, past tense sing. of wesan to be, c. OFris, OHG, Go was, ON var; cf. wassail
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
was(adverb)ʌz, wɒz; unstressed wəz
the past tense of "be"
First-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
Third-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
Origin: From wæs, from was, (identical to Low German was, cognate with German war), from h₂wes-. The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of three originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form be is from bʰew-. The words is and are are both derived from h₁es-. Lastly, the past forms starting with w- such as was and were are from h₂wes-.
the first and third persons singular of the verb be, in the indicative mood, preterit (imperfect) tense; as, I was; he was
Translations for was
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(an) act of cleaning by water
I don't mind washing, but I hate ironing.
- lavagemPortuguese (BR)
- das WaschenGerman
- at vaskeDanish
- πλύσιμο, μπουγάδαGreek
- lavar; hacer la colada; lavar los platosSpanish
- pekerjaan mencuciIndonesian
- basuhan, cucianMalay
- het wassenDutch
- vask, vaskingNorwegian
- pranje vešaSerbian
- çamaşır yıkamaTurkish
- 清洗Chinese (Trad.)
- hành động giặt giũVietnamese
- 洗涤Chinese (Simp.)
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