been

verb

Definition of been

intransitive verb
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 :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
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
  • … to thine and Albany's issue be this perpetual.
  • —Shakespeare
auxiliary verb
1 used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive-voice auxiliary
  • the money was found
  • the house is being built
2 used as the auxiliary of the present participle in progressive tenses expressing continuous action
  • he is reading
  • I have been sleeping
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)
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
  • past participle of be


BEEN Defined for Kids

been

Definition of been for Students

  • past participle of be


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