Definition and Meanings for be
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Be is ranked 2 in the ranking of most used words in English
Part of Speech of be
intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
Etymology of be
Meaning of be
as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
- to exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have existence.
- 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.
- to take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on thursday.
- to signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to.