Definition of we in English:

we

pronoun

  • 1Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself and one or more other people considered together:

    ‘shall we have a drink?’
    • ‘We're hoping to do that this year.’
    • ‘Two weeks later Clare was moved to a children's home and we didn't see her any more.’
    1. 1.1 Used to refer to the speaker together with other people regarded in the same category:
      ‘nobody knows kids better than we teachers do’
      • ‘A problem also touched upon in Ben's comments is the fact that we ex-pats are not allowed to vote in our countries of residence either.’
      • ‘Can't we politicians all just get along?’
    2. 1.2 People in general:
      ‘we should eat as varied and well-balanced a diet as possible’
      • ‘We all have to die some day.’
      • ‘We all need someone we can talk to.’
    3. 1.3West Indian Us or our:
      ‘thought you wasn't coming to look for we’
      • ‘Police used to give we a hard time on the road.’
  • 2Used in formal contexts for or by a royal person, or by a writer or editor, to refer to himself or herself:

    ‘in this section we discuss the reasons for this decision’
    • ‘Next we shall analyse the influence of economic status on various aspects of life, such as standard of living and education of children.’
    • ‘Still others say the queen was disposed to say ‘We are not amused’ whenever the conversation took a ribald turn.’
  • 3Used condescendingly to refer to the person being addressed:

    ‘how are we today?’
    • ‘‘My my, aren't we looking nice today,’ she said and got his attention.’
    • ‘‘Hello, Brian. How are we feeling today?’’
    • ‘Now are we going to get dressed and go to school?’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wij and German wir.

Pronunciation

we

/wiː/