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Definitions of be

  1. a light strong brittle gray toxic bivalent metallic element
  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"
  3. spend or use time; " I may be an hour"
  4. work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; " He is a herpetologist"; " She is our resident philosopher"
  5. have an existence, be extant; " Is there a God?"
  6. have the quality of being; ( copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); " John is rich"; " This is not a good answer"
  7. have life, be alive; " Our great leader is no more"; " My grandfather lived until the end of war"
  8. be identical to; be someone or something, as in" The president of the company is John Smith"; " This is my house"
  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"
  10. occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; " Where is my umbrella?" " The toolshed is in the back"; " What is behind this behavior?"
  11. represent, as of a character on stage; " Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"
  12. to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form; " let her be"
  13. be priced at; " These shoes cost $ 100"
  14. be identical or equivalent to; " One dollar equals 1, 000 rubles these days!"
  15. be identical to; be someone or something; " The president of the company is John Smith"; " This is my house"
  16. To take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday.
  17. To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to.
  18. A prefix, originally the same word as by;
  19. To intensify the meaning; as, bespatter, bestir.
  20. To render an intransitive verb transitive; as, befall ( to fall upon); bespeak ( to speak for).
  21. To make the action of a verb particular or definite; as, beget ( to get as offspring); beset ( to set around).
  22. To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have exstence.
  23. To exist in a certain manner or relation, - whether as a reality or as a product of thought.
  24. Been.
  25. 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.
  26. Was.
  27. Being.
  28. To live: to exist: to have a certain state or quality:- pr. p. being pa. p. been ( bin).
  29. To exist; to have any state or quality.
  30. To exist; happen.
  31. 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.
  32. Saxon prefix to make, about, for, over, by, & c.
  33. 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.
  34. 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:".
  35. 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.
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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
  3. No. We will see what can be done to- morrow. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  4. And " who can that be?" – Five Minutes' Stories by Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
  5. " It must be," said the Duke. – Arsene Lupin by Edgar Jepson Maurice Leblanc
  6. But- ' 'But what shall it be, you mean? – The Castle Inn by Stanley John Weyman
  7. I shall be with you again. – Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  8. Nothing could be better, he said. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  9. She didn't want to be. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  10. I want to be loved! – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  11. You must be quite at home here. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  12. Don't be afraid of us, sir. – The High School Boys' Training Hike by H. Irving Hancock
  13. " They can't be," Morran said. – Ask a Foolish Question by Robert Sheckley
  14. That is as you want it to be, I think. – The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  15. Be the very thing!" – April Hopes by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  16. I should be glad if I could serve you, too, but I could never serve him. – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  17. I wouldn't be sure it isn't. – Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party by C. E. Jacobs Edyth Ellerbeck Read
  18. Let me think; where would be a good place? – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  19. And of what use would that be? – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  20. The storm'll be here in any minute. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
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