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  1. (archaic) second-person singular simple past subjunctive of be
    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, ..."


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


  • wert” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • wert” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

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From Middle High German wert, from Old High German werd, from Proto-Germanic *werþaz. See the English cognate worth for more.


  • IPA(key): /veːɐ̯t/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /vɛɐ̯t/ (equally common)


wert (comparative werter, superlative am wertesten)

  1. (with accusative) worth something, worthy of something
    Das ist die Mühe nicht wert. ― That's not worth the effort.
    Der Wein ist seinen Preis wert. ― The wine is worth its price.
    Er ist die ganze Aufmerksamkeit nicht wert, die er bekommt. ― He's not worthy of all the attention he gets.
  2. (formal, with genitive) worthy of someone
    Das ist meiner nicht wert. ― That’s below my dignity
  3. (formal) dear
    Werte Gäste, ... ― Dear guests, ...

Usage notes[edit]

  • In older usage, wert was generally construed with a genitive object: Das ist der Mühe nicht wert. This is now archaic, except in fixed expressions. For example: Wer den Pfennig nicht ehrt, ist des Talers nicht wert. — “Who doesn't honour the penny, isn't worthy of the dollar.” (A saying quivalent to “A penny saved is a penny earned”.)
  • The genitive case is still used when the object of wert is a person (or a group, organization, etc.). However, this usage is quite rare and würdig is more common instead.


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  • wert in Duden online




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