archaic past tense second-person singular of be

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 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 to + infinitive to express futurity, arrangement in advance, or obligation
I am to interview him todayshe was to become famous

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“Wert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wert. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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archaic past 2nd singular of be

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