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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

Rhymes with be

b, bee, c, cay, cee, Cree, d, dee, Dee, dree, e, fee, flea, flee, free, g, gee, ghee, glee, gree, he, key, Key, knee, lea, lee, me, mi, p, pea, pee, plea, pree, quay, re, Rhee, scree, sea, see, she, si, ski, spree, sri, t, tea, tee, the, thee, three, ti, tree, twee, Twi, v, vee, we, wee, whee, ye, z, zee


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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