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be

play
verb \ˈbē\

Simple Definition of be

  • —used to indicate the identity of a person or thing

  • —used to describe the qualities of a person or thing

  • —used to indicate the condition of a person or thing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of be

past 1st & 3d singular

was

play \ˈwəz, ˈwäz\
2d singular

were

play \ˈwər\
plural

were

past subjunctive

were

past participle

been

play \ˈbin, ˈben, chiefly British ˈbēn\
present participle

being

play \ˈbē(-i)ŋ\
present 1st singular

am

play \əm, ˈam\
2d singular

are

play \ˈär, ər\
3d singular

is

play \ˈiz, əz\
plural

are

present subjunctive

be

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to equal in meaning :  have the same connotation as :  symbolize <God is love> <January is the first month> <let x be 10> b :  to have identity with <the first person I met was my brother> c :  to constitute the same class as d :  to have a specified qualification or characterization <the leaves are green> e :  to belong to the class of <the fish is a trout> —used regularly in senses 1a through 1e as the copula of simple predication

  3. 2 a :  to have an objective existence :  have reality or actuality :  live <I think, therefore I am> b :  to have, maintain, or occupy a place, situation, or position <the book is on the table> c :  to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted —used only in infinitive form <let him be> d :  to take place :  occur <the concert was last night> e :  to come or go <has already been and gone> <has never been to the circus> f archaic :  belong, befall

  4. verbal auxiliary
  5. 1 —used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive-voice auxiliary <the money was found> <the house is being built>

  6. 2 —used as the auxiliary of the present participle in progressive tenses expressing continuous action <he is reading> <I have been sleeping>

  7. 3 —used with the past participle of some intransitive verbs as an auxiliary forming archaic perfect tenses <Christ is risen from the dead — 1 Corinthians 15:20(Douay Version)>

  8. 4 —used with the infinitive with to to express futurity, arrangement in advance, or obligation <I am to interview him today> <she was to become famous>

Examples of be in a sentence

  1. <stories that begin with the familiar line once upon a time there was a beautiful maiden>

  2. <we'll be there waiting for you>



Origin and Etymology of be

Middle English, from Old English bēon; akin to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, futurus about to be, fieri to become, be done, Greek phynai to be born, be by nature, phyein to produce


First Known Use: before 12th century


Be

symbol

Definition of Be

  1. beryllium



Other Chemical Engineering Terms


BE

abbreviation

Definition of BE

  1. 1 bachelor of education

  2. 2 bachelor of engineering

  3. 3 bill of exchange

  4. 4 Black English




abbreviation

Definition of

  1. Baumé




be-

prefix

Simple Definition of be-

  • : make : cause to be : treat as

  • : about

  • : in a way that is easy to notice

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of be-

  1. 1 :  on :  around :  over <besmear>

  2. 2 :  to a great or greater degree :  thoroughly <befuddle>

  3. 3 :  excessively :  ostentatiously —in intensive verbs formed from simple verbs <bedeck> and in adjectives based on adjectives ending in -ed <beribboned>

  4. 4 :  about :  to :  at :  upon :  against :  across <bestride>

  5. 5 :  make :  cause to be :  treat as <belittle> <befriend>

  6. 6 :  call or dub especially excessively <bedoctor>

  7. 7 :  affect, afflict, treat, provide, or cover with especially excessively <bedevil> <befog>

Origin and Etymology of be-

Middle English, from Old English bi-, be-; akin to Old English by, near — more at by



BE Defined for Kids

be

play
verb \bē\

Definition of be for Students

past first person & third person singular

was

\wəz, ˈwəz, wäz\
second person singular

were

\wər, ˈwər\
plural

were

past subjunctive

were

past participle

been

\bin\
present participle

being

\ˈbē-iŋ\
present first person singular

am

\əm, am\
second person singular

are

\ər, är\
third person singular

is

\iz, əz\
plural

are

present subjunctive

be

  1. 1 :  to equal in meaning or identity <She is my neighbor.>

  2. 2 :  to have a specified character, quality, or condition <The leaves are green.> <How are you? I am fine.>

  3. 3 :  to belong to the group or class of <Apes are mammals.>

  4. 4 :  to exist or live <Once there was a brave knight.>

  5. 5 :  to occupy a place, situation, or position <The book is on the table.>

  6. 6 :  to take place <The concert was last night.>

  7. 7 :  1cost 1

  8. 8 —used as a helping verb with other verbs <The ball was thrown.>




be-

prefix

Definition of be- for Students

  1. 1 :  on :  around :  over

  2. 2 :  provide with or cover with :  dress up with <bewhiskered>

  3. 3 :  about :  to :  upon <bemoan>

  4. 4 :  make :  cause to be <belittle> <befriend>




Medical Dictionary

Be

symbol

Medical Definition of Be

  1. beryllium




BE

abbreviation

Medical Definition of BE

  1. 1barium enema

  2. 2below elbow

  3. 3board-eligible





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