Be meaning

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To exist in actuality; have life or reality.

I think, therefore I am.

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The definition of be is to exist or to exist as an example of something.

An example of be is how someone is acting at the time.

An example of be is when the American flag is used as a symbol of freedom.

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To go or come.

Have you ever been to Italy? Have you been home recently?

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Used as a copula in such senses as:
  • To equal in identity.
  • To have a specified significance.
    A is excellent, C is passing. Let n be the unknown quantity.
  • To belong to a specified class or group.
    The human being is a primate.
  • To have or show a specified quality or characteristic.
    She is witty. All humans are mortal.
  • To seem to consist or be made of.
    The yard is all snow. He is all bluff and no bite.
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Bachelor of Education.
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Used with the present participle of a verb to express a continuing action.

We are working to improve housing conditions.

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Bill of exchange.
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Used with the past participle of certain intransitive verbs to form the perfect tense.

Those days are gone.

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To happen or occur.

When will the wedding be?

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(intransitive) To occur, to take place.

When will the meeting be?

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(intransitive, without predicate) Elliptical form of "be here", "go to and return from" or similar.

The postman has been today, but my tickets have still not yet come.

I have been to Spain many times.

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Barium enema.
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Used with the past participle of a transitive verb to form the passive voice.

The mayoral election is held annually.

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Used with the infinitive of a verb to express intention, obligation, or future action.

She was to call before she left. You are to make the necessary changes.

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Bachelor of Engineering.
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(archaic) Used with the past participle of certain intransitive verbs to form a perfect tense.

Christ is risen.

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Used with the present participle of another verb to express continuation.

The player is running with the ball.

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Used with the present participle or infinitive of another verb to express futurity, possibility, obligation, intention, etc.

He is starting next week; you are to help him.

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Baumé
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Beryllium.
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Bachelor of Education.
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Bachelor of Engineering.
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Bill of exchange.
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Covered with, furnished with, furnished with to excess: added to past participles in -ed.

Bemedaled, bewhiskered.

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Barium enema.
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(1) (Be, Inc., Menlo Park, CA) A software company founded in 1990 by Jean Louise Gassee, former head of R&D at Apple, that specialized in the BeOS operating system. BeOS was originally developed for Be's own PowerPC-based machine known as the BeBox. An advanced object-oriented operating system that supports multiprocessing and multithreading, BeOS was designed for multimedia applications, including 3D graphics.The BeBox hardware was later dropped, and BeOS was made available for the Mac and x86 machines. An Internet appliance version (BeIA) was developed that lived a short time in a Sony handheld. Throughout 2001, BeOS was distributed by Gobe Software, which was the developer of an office suite for that environment (see gobeProductive). In late 2001, the technology assets and intellectual property of Be were acquired by Palm.
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(intransitive, now literary) To exist; to have real existence.
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With there as dummy subject: to exist.
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(copulative) Used to indicate that the subject and object are the same.

Ignorance is bliss.

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(copulative, mathematics) Used to indicate that the values on either side of an equation are the same.

3 times 5 is fifteen.

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(copulative) Used to indicate that the subject plays the role of the predicate nominal.

François Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995.

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(copulative) Used to connect a noun to an adjective that describes it.

The sky is blue.

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(copulative) Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by a noun or noun phrase.

The sky is a deep blue today.

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(auxiliary) Used to form the passive voice.

The dog was drowned by the boy.

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(auxiliary) Used to form the continuous forms of various tenses.

The woman is walking.

I shall be writing to you soon.

We liked to chat while we were eating.

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(archaic) Used to form the perfect aspect with certain intransitive verbs, most of which indicate motion. Often still used for "to go"
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(auxiliary) Used to form future tenses, especially the future periphrastic.

I am to leave tomorrow.

I would drive you, were I to obtain a car.

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Used to link a subject to a count or measurement.

This building is three hundred years old.

It is almost eight.

I am 75 kilograms.

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(With since) Used to indicate passage of time since the occurrence of an event.

It has been three years since my grandmother died. (similar to My grandmother died three years ago, but emphasizes the intervening period)

It had been six days since his departure, when I received a letter from him.

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(often impersonal) Used to indicate weather, air quality, or the like.

It is hot in Arizona, but it is not usually humid.

Why is it so dark in here?

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The ccTLD for Belgium as assigned by the IANA.
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To take place; occur.

The test was yesterday.

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To belong; befall.

Peace be unto you. Woe is me.

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Board of Education.
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Completely; thoroughly; excessively. Used as an intensive.

Bemuse.

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On; around; over.

Besmear.

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About; to.

Bespeak.

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Used to form transitive verbs from nouns, adjectives, and intransitive verbs, as:
  • To make; cause to become.
    Bedim.
  • To affect, cover, or provide.
    Bespectacled.
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Baumé scale.
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To exist; live.

Caesar is no more.

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To remain or continue.

Will he be here long?

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To come to; belong.

Peace be with you.

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To have a place or position.

The door is on your left.

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As a copula, be links its subject to a predicate nominative, adjective, or pronoun so as to express attribution or identity, and by extension, value, cause, or signification: it is sometimes equivalent to the equal sign (=) in mathematics.

Mrs. Siddons was an actress; he is handsome; that hat is fifty dollars; let x be y.

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Used with the past participle of a transitive verb to form the passive voice.

He will be sued.

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(intransitive) To occupy a place.

The cup is on the table.

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be off!
  • go away!
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be off!

Origin of be

  • ME bi-, be- < OE (akin to Goth bi-, Ger be-), at, near < Gmc base of by

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ben from Old English bēon bheuə- in Indo-European roots See am is etc. for links to other Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bi-, be- from Old English be-, bi- ambhi in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English been (“to be”), from Old English bēon (“to be, become”), from Proto-Germanic *beuną (“to be, exist, come to be, become”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (“to grow, become, come into being, appear”). Cognate with West Frisian binne (“are”), Dutch ben (“am”), Low German bün ("am"), German bin (“am”), Old English būan (“to live, wone”). Irregular forms are inherited from the Old English verb wesan.

    From Wiktionary

  • . + ISO 3166-1 country code for Belgium, be.

    From Wiktionary