ware

1 [wair]
noun
1.
Usually, wares.
a.
articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods: a peddler selling his wares.
b.
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:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English waru; cognate with German Ware

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ware

2 [wair] 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

ware

3 [wair]
verb (used with object), wared, waring. Scot. and North England.
to spend; expend.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse verja to spend, invest

ware

4 [wair]
noun Scot. and North England.
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

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ware1 (wɛə)
 
n
1.  (functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or material: glassware; silverware
2.  porcelain or pottery of a specified type: agateware; jasper ware
 
[Old English waru; related to Old Frisian were, Old Norse vara, Middle Dutch Ware]

ware2 (wɛə)
 
vb
1.  another word for beware
 
adj
2.  wary another word for wise
 
[Old English wær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic war, Latin vereor. See aware, beware]

ware3 (wɛə)
 
vb
dialect (Northern English), (Brit) (tr) to spend or squander
 
[C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja]

wares (wɛəz)
 
pl n
1.  articles of manufacture considered as being for sale
2.  any talent or asset regarded as a commercial or saleable commodity
3.  (Caribbean) earthenware

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ware
"manufactured goods, goods for sale," O.E. waru, probably originally "object of care, that which is kept in custody," from P.Gmc. *waro (cf. Swed. vara, Dan. vare, O.Fris. were, M.Du. were, Du. waar, M.H.G., Ger. ware "goods"); related to O.E. 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."

ware
"to take heed of, beware," O.E. warian "to guard against," from P.Gmc. *warojan, from *waro- "to guard, watch" (cf. O.Fris. waria, O.N. vara); related to O.E. wær "aware" (see wary).
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-ware  
A suffix that means "software," as in shareware.
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Example sentences
The online format, she said, offered a wider range of ways to display her
  academic wares than traditional portfolio formats.
Hardly any traders spread their wares along the pavement for eager shoppers.
Try wagon rides and runs around the expansive property by day, and sample the
  wares at the on-site farm store.
Psychopharmacology is big business for drug companies and doctors who dream up
  new disorders to sell their wares.
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