wert

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wert

  1. (archaic) second-person singular simple past indicative of be
    Why wert thou there?
    • 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley, To A Skylark, (first two lines of ode),
      "Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert, ..."
  2. (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."

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

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /veːɐ̯t/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /vɛɐ̯t/ (equally common)
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Adjective[edit]

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 equivalent 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

Kurdish[edit]

Noun[edit]

wert

  1. descendence

Middle Dutch[edit]

Verb[edit]

wert

  1. inflection of werden:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person plural present indicative
    3. second-person plural present subjunctive
    4. singular and plural imperative

Wolof[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French verte.

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wert

  1. to be green