our

[ouuh r, ou-er; unstressed ahr] /aʊər, ˈaʊ ər; unstressed ɑr/
pronoun
1.
(a form of the possessive case of we used as an attributive adjective):
"Our team is going to win. Do you mind our going on ahead?"
Compare ours.
Origin
before 900; Middle English oure, Old English ūre, suppletive genitive plural of we from same base as ūs us
Can be confused
are, hour, our.
Usage note
See me.

-our

British
1.
variant of -or1 .
Usage note
See -or1.

we

[wee] /wi/
plural pronoun, possessive our or ours, objective us.
1.
nominative plural of I.
2.
(used to denote oneself and another or others):
"We have two children. In this block we all own our own houses."
3.
(used to denote people in general):
"the marvels of science that we take for granted."
4.
(used to indicate a particular profession, nationality, political party, etc., that includes the speaker or writer):
"We in the medical profession have moral responsibilities."
5.
Also called the royal we. (used by a sovereign, or by other high officials and dignitaries, in place of I in formal speech):
"We do not wear this crown without humility."
6.
Also called the editorial we. (used by editors, writers, etc., to avoid the too personal or specific I or to represent a collective viewpoint):
"As for this column, we will have nothing to do with shady politicians."
7.
you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm, as in addressing a child, a patient, etc.):
"We know that's naughty, don't we? It's time we took our medicine."
8.
(used in the predicate following a copulative verb):
"It is we who should thank you."
9.
(used in apposition with a noun, especially for emphasis):
"We Americans are a sturdy lot."
Origin
before 900; Middle English, Old English wē; cognate with Dutch wij, German wir, Old Norse vēr, Gothic weis

I

[ahy] /aɪ/
pronoun, nominative I, possessive my or mine, objective me; plural nominative we, possessive our or ours, objective us.
1.
the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.
noun, plural I's.
2.
(used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular).
3.
Metaphysics. the ego.
Origin
before 900; Middle English ik, ich, i; Old English ic, ih; cognate with German ich, Old Norse ek, Latin ego, Greek egṓ, OCS azŭ, Lithuanian aš, Sanskrit ahám
Usage note
See me.
Example Sentences for our
The business sector is dazzlingly productive, but it also periodically blows up our financial system.
The problem of evil is one of our oldest intellectual conundrums.
our bodies adjust to the cycle of day and night thanks to specialized neurons in our eyes.
Scientists have come to some surprising conclusions about the world and our place in it.
We were so pleased to harvest any honey from our bees.
our consciousness seems to exist in an immaterial realm, distinct from the meat on our bones.
The inability to agree on the principles that underlie our beliefs is at the root of our political discord.
our contemporary version of this trend, though, has become skeptical even about skepticism.
The main reason that our friends give for moving is school quality.
Take a look at the complete line-up of bloggers at our brand new blog network.
British Dictionary definitions for our
i or I (aɪ)
 
n , pl i's, I's, Is
1.  the ninth letter and third vowel of the modern English alphabet
2.  any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in bite or hit
3.  a.  something shaped like an I
 b.  (in combination): an I-beam
4.  dot the i's and cross the t's to pay meticulous attention to detail
 
I or I
 
n

i
 
symbol for
Also called: j the imaginary number √--1

I1 (aɪ)
 
pron
(subjective) refers to the speaker or writer
 
[C12: reduced form of Old English ic; compare Old Saxon ik, Old High German ih, Sanskrit ahám]

I2
 
symbol for
1.  chem iodine
2.  physics current
3.  physics isospin
4.  logic A E Compare O a particular affirmative categorial statement, such as some men are married, often symbolized as SiP
5.  Roman numeral See Roman numerals one
 
abbreviation for
6.  Italy (international car registration)
 
[(for sense 4) from Latin (aff)i(rmo) I affirm]

our (aʊə)
 
determiner
1.  of, belonging to, or associated in some way with us: our best vodka; our parents are good to us
2.  belonging to or associated with all people or people in general: our nearest planet is Venus
3.  a formal word for my used by editors or other writers, and monarchs
4.  informal (often sarcastic) used instead of your: are our feet hurting?
5.  dialect belonging to the family of the speaker: it's our Sandra's birthday tomorrow
 
[Old English ūre (genitive plural), from us; related to Old French, Old Saxon ūser, Old High German unsēr, Gothic unsara]

-our
 
suffix forming nouns
indicating state, condition, or activity: behaviour; labour
 
[in Old French -eur, from Latin -or, noun suffix]

we (wiː)
 
pron
1.  refers to the speaker or writer and another person or other people: we should go now
2.  refers to all people or people in general: the planet on which we live
3.  a.  when used by editors or other writers, and formerly by monarchs, a formal word for I
 b.  (as noun): he uses the royal we in his pompous moods
4.  informal used instead of you with a tone of persuasiveness, condescension, or sarcasm: how are we today?
 
[Old English wē, related to Old Saxon wī, Old High German wir, Old Norse vēr, Danish, Swedish vi, Sanskrit vayam]

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Word Origin and History for our
I
12c. shortening of O.E. ic, first person sing. nom. pronoun, from P.Gmc. *ekan (cf. O.Fris. ik, O.N. ek, Norw. eg, Dan. jeg, O.H.G. ih, Ger. ich, Goth. ik), from PIE *ego(m) (cf. Skt. aham, Hitt. uk, L. ego, Gk. ego, Rus. ja). Reduced to i by 1137 in northern England, it began to be capitalized c.1250 to mark it as a distinct word and avoid misreading in handwritten manuscripts.
"The reason for writing I is ... the orthographic habit in the middle ages of using a 'long i' (that is, j or I) whenever the letter was isolated or formed the last letter of a group; the numeral 'one' was written j or I (and three iij, etc.), just as much as the pronoun." [Otto Jespersen, "Growth and Structure of the English Language," p.233]
The form ich or ik, especially before vowels, lingered in northern England until c.1400 and survived in southern dialects until 18c. The dot on the "small" letter -i- began to appear in 11c. L. manuscripts, to distinguish the letter from the stroke of another letter (such as -m- or -n-). Originally a diacritic, it was reduced to a dot with the introduction of Roman type fonts. The basic word for "I" in Japanese is watakushi, but it is not much used. Words that boys usually use are boku (polite) or ore (OH-ray), a rougher word, which can be rude depending on the situation. Girls usually use atashi (a feminine-sounding word) or the neutral watashi, but a tomboy might use boku like boys do.
we
O.E. we, from P.Gmc. *wiz (cf. O.S. wi, O.N. ver, Dan. vi, O.Fris. wi, Du. wij, O.H.G., Ger. wir, Goth. weis "we"), from PIE *wei- (cf. Skt. vayam, O.Pers. vayam, Hitt. wesh "we," O.C.S. ve "we two," Lith. vedu "we two"). The "royal we" (use of plural pronoun to denote oneself) is at least as old as "Beowulf" (c.725); use by writers to establish an impersonal style is also from O.E.; it was especially common 19c. in unsigned editorials, to suggest staff consensus, and was lampooned as such since at least 1853 (cf. also wegotism).
our
O.E. ure "of us," genitive plural of the first person pronoun, from P.Gmc. *ons (cf. O.S. usa, O.Fris. use, O.H.G. unsar, Ger. unser, Goth. unsar "our"). Ours, formed c.1300, is a double possessive, originating in northern England, and has taken over the absolute function of our. Ourselves (1495), modeled on yourselves, replaced original construction we selfe, us selfum, etc.
-our
see -or.
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our in Medicine

I

  1. The symbol for the element iodine.

  2. iThe symbol for current.

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our in Science
i
  (ī)   
The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.
I  
  1. The symbol for electric current.

  2. The symbol for iodine.


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i

imaginary unit

I

  1. current
  2. ice
  3. incomplete
  4. institute
  5. intelligence
  6. interstate
  7. iodine
  8. isospin
  9. Italy (international vehicle ID)
  10. 1

OUR

oxygen utilization rate

We

Wednesday
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