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

oe. been, beon, as. be to be, be i am; akin to ohg. bim, pim, g. bin, i am, gael. & ir. bu was, w. bod to be, lith. bu-ti, o. slav. by-ti, to be, l. fu-i i have been, fu-turus about to be, fo-re to be about to be, and perh. to fieri to become, gr. fy^nai to be born, to be, skr. bh to be. this verb is defective, and the parts lacking are supplied by verbs from other roots, is, was, which have no radical connection with be. the various forms, am, are, is, was, were, etc., are considered grammati

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.
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