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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

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 be·ing 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

  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 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



Definition of Be

  1. beryllium

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Definition of BE

  1. 1 bachelor of education

  2. 2 bachelor of engineering

  3. 3 bill of exchange

  4. 4 Black English


Definition of

  1. Baumé



Simple Definition of be-

  • : make : cause to be : treat as

  • : about

  • : in a way that is easy to notice

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 of be-

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

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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