be apprenticed to

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of be apprenticed to

:to begin serving as an apprentice to
  • He was apprenticed to a carpenter at the age of 15.

Word by Word Definitions

apprentice play apprenticed
  1. : one bound by indenture (see 1indenture 1a(3)) to serve another for a prescribed period with a view to learning an art or trade

  2. : one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling

  3. : an inexperienced person : novice

  1. : to set at work as an apprentice

  2. : to serve as an apprentice

be going to

Definition of be going to

used to talk about what will happen or could happen
  • It's going to be cold tomorrow.
  • It's going to rain: if you don't take an umbrella, you're going to get soaked.
  • I am not going to tolerate any more bad behavior!
  • I was just going to call him.

Word by Word Definitions

going play
  1. : an act or instance of going

  2. : behavior, actions

  3. : the condition of the ground (as for walking)

  1. : that goes

  2. : working, moving

  3. : living, existing

be hard/tough to beat

Definition of be hard/tough to beat

:to take some considerable effort to match or surpass
  • His wonderful performance will be hard/tough to beat.

Word by Word Definitions

hard play
  1. : not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure

  2. : not capable of being spread : very firm

  3. : having a harsh or acid taste

  1. : with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously

  2. : in a violent manner : fiercely

  3. : to the full extent

tough play
  1. : difficult to accomplish, resolve, endure, or deal with

  2. : capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor

  3. : unruly, rowdyish

  1. : in a tough manner (see 1tough)

  1. : a tough and violent person : rowdy

  1. : to bear unflinchingly : endure

beat play
  1. : to strike repeatedly:

  2. : to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

  3. : to walk on : tread

  1. : a single stroke or blow especially in a series

  2. : a sound produced by or as if by beating (see 1beat)

  3. : a driving impact or force

  1. : being in a state of exhaustion : exhausted

  2. : sapped of resolution or morale

  3. : of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. : beatnik

be put to death

Definition of be put to death

:to be killed at a scheduled time by someone who is legally allowed to do so
  • a serial killer who was put to death for the murder of 28 people
  • The dog that attacked the children was later put to death.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

death play
  1. : a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions : the end of life — compare brain death

  2. : an instance of dying

  3. : the cause or occasion of loss of life

be resigned to

Definition of be resigned to

:to accept a bad situation that cannot be changed
  • I'm resigned to having to work this weekend.
  • He was resigned to the fact that an expensive vacation would have to wait.

Word by Word Definitions

resign play resigned
  1. : relegate, consign

  2. : to give up deliberately

  3. : to give up one's office or position : quit

  1. : to sign again

  2. : to sign up again

be supposed to

Definition of be supposed to

1 :to be expected to do something
  • They are supposed to arrive tomorrow.
  • She was supposed to be here an hour ago.
  • The movie was supposed to earn a lot of money at the box office, but it didn't.
2 :to be intended or expected to be something
  • The party was supposed to be a surprise.
3 used to show that one is angry or offended by something
  • Was that supposed to be funny? I thought it was quite rude.
  • "Well, you've done it again." "What's that supposed to mean?"
4 used to say what someone should do
  • You are supposed to listen to your parents.
  • I'm supposed to clean my room before I go outside.
  • What are we supposed to do in a situation like this?
  • Do what you're supposed to.
5 used to refer to what someone is allowed to do
  • We were not supposed to leave the room.
  • Are you supposed to be here after the building has closed?
6 used to indicate what people say about someone or something
  • "I heard that she's good." "She is supposed to be the best doctor in town."
  • That breed of dog is supposed to be good with kids.
  • The word is supposed to be derived from Latin.

Word by Word Definitions

supposed play
  1. : pretended

  2. : alleged

  3. : held as an opinion : believed

be to do with

Definition of be to do with

chiefly British
1 :to relate to (something) :to be about (something)
  • The problem is to do with fishing rights.
2 :to relate to or involve (someone)
  • That's your problem: It's nothing to do with me!

Word by Word Definitions

do play
  1. : to bring to pass : carry out

  2. : put

  3. : perform, execute

  1. : fuss, ado

  2. : deed, duty

  3. : a festive get-together : affair, party

  1. : the first tone of the major scale in solfège

be witness to

Definition of be witness to

:to see (something) happen
  • We have been witness to many changes in recent years.

Word by Word Definitions

witness play
  1. : attestation of a fact or event : testimony

  2. : one that gives evidence

  3. : one asked to be present at a transaction so as to be able to testify to its having taken place

  1. : to testify to : attest

  2. : to act as legal witness of

  3. : to furnish proof of : betoken

praise be to God

Definition of praise be to God

used to express happiness or relief that something did or did not happen
  • You made it here safely. Praise be to God!

Word by Word Definitions

praise play
  1. : to express a favorable judgment of : commend

  2. : to glorify (a god or saint) especially by the attribution of perfections

  3. : to express praise

  1. : an expression of approval : commendation

  2. : worship

  3. : value, merit

god play
  1. : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as

  2. : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe

  3. : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind

  1. : to treat as a god : idolize, deify

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