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ware1

[wair] /wɛər/
noun
1.
Usually, wares.
  1. articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods:
    a peddler selling his wares.
  2. any intangible items, as services or products of artistic or intellectual creativity, that are salable:
    an actor advertising his wares.
2.
a specified kind or class of merchandise or of manufactured article (usually used in combination): silverware;
glassware.
See also -ware.
3.
pottery, or a particular kind of pottery:
delft ware.
4.
Archaeology. a group of ceramic types classified according to paste and texture, surface modification, as burnish or glaze, and decorative motifs rather than shape and color.
Origin of ware1
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English waru; cognate with German Ware

ware2

[wair] /wɛər/ Archaic.
adjective
1.
watchful, wary, or cautious.
2.
aware; conscious.
verb (used with object), wared, waring.
3.
to beware of (usually used in the imperative).
Origin
before 900; Middle English (adj. and v.); Old English wær (adj.); cognate with German gewahr aware, Old Norse varr

ware3

[wair] /wɛər/
verb (used with object), wared, waring. Scot. and North England
1.
to spend; expend.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English < Old Norse verja to spend, invest

ware4

[wair] /wɛər/
noun, Scot. and North England
1.
the first season in the year; spring.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English < Old Norse vār spring; perhaps akin to Latin vēr (see vernal), Greek éar spring

-ware

1.
a combining form extracted from software, occurring as the final element in words that refer to a specified kind or class of software: spyware;
shareware.
See also ware1 (def 2).
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Examples from the Web for ware
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  • The paste is fine, pure, and white, free from the dark gritty particles found nearly always in Imari ware.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • Even Miss ware smiled a little, and adjusted her gold beads.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Mr ware, whom my father had not seen since the death of the good old gentleman, came down now to revisit his paternal seat.

  • Then the warrior was ware of that wolf-of-the-deep, mere-wife monstrous.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Katy's last gift to Clover was a pretty tea-pot of Japanese ware.

    Clover Susan Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for ware

ware1

/wɛə/
noun (often in combination)
1.
(functioning as sing) articles of the same kind or material: glassware, silverware
2.
porcelain or pottery of a specified type: agateware, jasper ware
See also wares
Word Origin
Old English waru; related to Old Frisian were, Old Norse vara, Middle Dutch Ware

ware2

/wɛə/
verb
1.
another word for beware
adjective
2.
another word for wary, wise1
Word Origin
Old English wær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic war, Latin vereor. See aware, beware

ware3

/wɛə/
verb
1.
(transitive) (Northern English & Brit, dialect) to spend or squander
Word Origin
C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja
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Word Origin and History for ware
n.

"manufactured goods, goods for sale," Old English waru, probably originally "object of care, that which is kept in custody," from Proto-Germanic *waro (cf. Swedish vara, Danish vare, Old Frisian were, Middle Dutch were, Dutch waar, Middle High German, German ware "goods"); related to Old English wær "aware, cautious" (see wary). Usually wares, except in compounds such as hardware, earthenware, etc. Lady ware was a jocular 17c. euphemism for "a woman's private parts," and Middle English had ape-ware "deceptive or false ware; tricks" (mid-13c.).

v.

"to take heed of, beware," Old English warian "to guard against," from Proto-Germanic *warojan, from *waro- "to guard, watch" (cf. Old Frisian waria, Old Norse vara); related to Old English wær "aware" (see wary).

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ware in Science
-ware  
A suffix that means "software," as in shareware.
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