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Definitions of be

  1. 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.
  2. To take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have exstence. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To exist in a certain manner or relation, - whether as a reality or as a product of thought. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To exist; to have any state or quality. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To exist; happen. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. spend or use time; "I may be an hour" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. 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
  12. have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. be identical to; be someone or something, as in"The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form; "let her be" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. be identical to; be someone or something; "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. A prefix, originally the same word as by; Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To intensify the meaning; as, bespatter, bestir. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To render an intransitive verb transitive; as, befall (to fall upon); bespeak (to speak for). Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To make the action of a verb particular or definite; as, beget (to get as offspring); beset (to set around). Webster Dictionary DB
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Being. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. 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.
  28. Saxon prefix to make, about, for, over, by, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Was. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for be

  1. " I won't be long," she said. – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  2. I don't want it to be me. – By Right of Purchase by Harold Bindloss
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