been

verb

Definition of been 

past participle of be

intransitive verb

1a : 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

2a : 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 foundthe house is being built

2 used as the auxiliary of the present participle in progressive tenses expressing continuous action he is readingI 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 todayshe was to become famous

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