be

play
verb \ˈbē\

Definition of be

past tense first- and third-person singular

was

play \ˈwəz, ˈwäz\;
past tense second-person singular

were

play \ˈwər\;
past tense plural

were

;
past subjunctive

were

;
past participle

been

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

being

play \ˈbē(-i)ŋ\;
present tense first-person singular

am

play \əm, ˈam\;
present tense second-person singular

are

play \ˈär, ər\;
present tense third-person singular

is

play \ˈiz, əz\;
present tense plural

are

;
present subjunctive

be

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to equal in meaning :  have the same connotation as :  symbolize God is love January is the first month let x be 10b :  to have identity with :  to constitute the same idea or object as The first person I met was my brother.c :  to constitute the same class as These three books are the authoritative works on the president's life.d :  to have a specified qualification or characterization The leaves are green.e :  to belong to the class of the fish is a trout Keeping this room clean is your responsibility. —used regularly in senses 1a through 1e as the copula of simple predication

  3. 2a :  to have an objective existence :  have reality or actuality :  live I think, therefore I amb :  to have, maintain, or occupy a place, situation, or position the book is on the tablec :  to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted —used only in infinitive form let him bed :  to take place :  occur the concert was last nighte :  to come or go has already been and gone has never been to the circusf archaic :  belong, befall … to thine and Albany's issue be this perpetual. — Shakespeare

  4. auxiliary verb
  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


1

Be

symbol

Definition of Be

  1. beryllium


BE

abbreviation

Definition of BE

  1. 1 bachelor of education

  2. 2 bachelor of engineering

  3. 3 bill of exchange

  4. 4 Black English


2

abbreviation

Definition of

  1. Baumé


be-

prefix

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 English Language Learners

be

play
verb

Definition of be for English Language Learners

  • —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

be-

prefix

Definition of be- for English Language Learners

  • : make : cause to be : treat as

  • : about

  • : in a way that is easy to notice


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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