Be - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bi|  American pronunciation of the word be
Brit.  |bi|  British pronunciation of the word be
irregular verb:  p.t. — were/was  p.p. — been


- a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element (syn: beryllium, glucinium)


- have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
- be identical to; be someone or something
- occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
- have an existence, be extant (syn: exist)
- happen, occur, take place
- be identical or equivalent to (syn: equal)
- form or compose(syn: comprise, constitute, represent)

▼ (6)


I think, therefore I am.

Tyrants and sycophants have been and are.

So much that was not is beginning to be.

Content to be and to be well.

Be it as it may.

The flower-show was last week.

Your book is here, under the table.

You shall be beside me in the church.

The bank is between the shoe shop and the post office.

The valley where we live is beyond the mountains.

Jim is about somewhere, if you'd like to wait.

The captain of a ship is above a seaman.

Jim was abreast of the leading runner for a few minutes but then fell behind.

When all your toys are away, I will read you a story.

The hotel is on the upper floors, and the shops are below.

Phrasal verbs

be on  — appear in a show, on T.V. or radio

Word forms

I (present tense): am
you/we/they (present tense): were
he/she/it (present tense): is
present participle: being
you/we/they / I/he/she/it (past tense): were/was
past participle: been
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