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Definitions of be

  1. a light strong brittle gray toxic bivalent metallic element Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. happen, occur, take place; "I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents' house"; "There were two hundred people at his funeral"; "There was a lot of noise in the kitchen" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. spend or use time; "I may be an hour" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. be identical to; be someone or something, as in"The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form; "let her be" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. be priced at; "These shoes cost $100" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. be identical to; be someone or something; "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. To exist in a certain manner or relation, -- whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, -- a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that is the man. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A prefix, originally the same word as by; Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To intensify the meaning; as, bespatter, bestir. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To render an intransitive verb transitive; as, befall (to fall upon); bespeak (to speak for). Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To make the action of a verb particular or definite; as, beget (to get as offspring); beset (to set around). Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have exstence. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To exist in a certain manner or relation, - whether as a reality or as a product of thought. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Been. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. To exist; have existence in fact, physical or mental; to include or involve as a result; produce; become; last; mean; to happen; to concern; to belong. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. Was. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. Being. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. To live: to exist: to have a certain state or quality:-pr.p. being pa.p. been (bin). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. To exist; to have any state or quality. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. To exist; happen. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. By; near; on; about. Beforms numerous compounds which are readily understood by combining the meaning of the prefix with that of the second element; as, benumb, betimes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Saxon prefix to make, about, for, over, by, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. To exist; to have a real state or existence; to be fixed; to be made to be; to become; to remain. Let be, to omit, or let alone. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. Infin. of the verb am, denoting to exist, to become, to remain; used in hypothetical and secondary propositions-as "If I be," "If thou be:". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. A prefix, signifying to make. When be is prefixed to a noun, the noun becomes a verb-thus, calm and friend are nouns, but becalm and befriend are verbs: be prefixed to a verb signifies about, over, for-thus, speak and think become bespeak and bethink: be in a preposition, an adverb, or a conjunction, has the force of by or in-thus. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have ex/stence. mso.anu.edu.au
  38. The country code for Belgium. foldoc_fs
  39. To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have existence. dictgcide_fs
  40. To exist in a certain manner or relation, whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that is the man. dictgcide_fs
  41. b[=e], v.i. to live: to exist: to have a certain state or quality:--pr.p. b[=e]'ing; pa.p. been.--n. BE'-ALL (Shak.), the whole being. [A.S. béon; Ger. bin; Gael. bi, to exist; W. byw, to live; Gr. phu-ein, L. fui, fio, Sans. bhu, to be, orig. meaning to grow.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  42. (pres. ind., am, art, is, pl. are; past ind., was Provencal woz, wast or wert, was, pl. were Provencal war& wer; pres. subj., be; past subj., were, exc. 2 sing. wert; imperat., be; part., being; p.p., been Provencal ben. Isn\'t, wasn\'t, aren\'t pl., weren\'t, are legitimate in actual or printed talk; ain\'t, an\'t, for am not is sometimes held vulgar; ain\'t for is not, are not, is wrong). (1) Vb subst.: Exist, occur, live, (often with there; God is, there is a God; for the time being, temporarily); remain, continue, (let it be, do not be long); (with advv. or adv. phrr.) occupy such a position, experience such a condition, have gone to such a place, busy oneself so, hold such a view, be bound for such a place, (is in the garden, has been to Rome, be off, how is he?, what are you at?, I am for tariff reform, for London); (with dat.) befall (woe is me). (2) Vb cop.: (with nouns, adjj., or adj. phrr.) belong under such a description (I am a man, sick, of good courage); coincide in identity with, amount to, cost, signify, (thou art the man, twice two is four, it is nothing to me, what are these pears?). (3) Vb aux.: With p.p. of trans. vbs forming passives (this was done); with p.p. of some intr. vbs, as fall, come, grow, forming perfects (the sun is set, Babylon is fallen); with pres. part. act. forming continuous tenses act. & pass. (he is building a house, the house was building); with pres. part. pass. forming continuous tenses pass. (the house was being built); with infin. expressing duty, intention, possibility, (I am to inform you, he is to be there, the house is to let, he is to be hanged, it was not to be found); were with infin. in hypotheses (if I were, or were I, to tell you). (4) Parts used as adjj., advv., nouns: may-be, perhaps, a possibility; the to-be, the future; might-have-beens, past possibilities; would-be, that yearns, or fancies himself, to be; be-all, whole being, essence. [Greek] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  43. to be or not to be (Haml. III. i. 56; often facet. in trivial applications); been, (often) called here, paid a visit, (has any one been?; the butcher has never been for orders); been and, colloq. expletive expr. protest or surprise (someone has been and moved my papers; I have been and won a prize!; cf. GO). Concise Oxford Dictionary

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