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Meaning & Definition of Be in English

English

Be

/bi/

noun

1. A light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element

    synonym:
  • beryllium
  • ,
  • Be
  • ,
  • glucinium
  • ,
  • atomic number 4

verb

1. Have the quality of being

  • (Copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  • "John is rich"
  • "This is not a good answer"
    synonym:
  • be

2. Be identical to

  • Be someone or something
  • "The president of the company is john smith"
  • "This is my house"
    synonym:
  • be

3. Occupy a certain position or area

  • Be somewhere
  • "Where is my umbrella?" "the toolshed is in the back"
  • "What is behind this behavior?"
    synonym:
  • be

4. Have an existence, be extant

  • "Is there a god?"
    synonym:
  • exist
  • ,
  • be

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • be

6. Be identical or equivalent to

  • "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"
    synonym:
  • equal
  • ,
  • be

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • constitute
  • ,
  • represent
  • ,
  • make up
  • ,
  • comprise
  • ,
  • be

8. Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

  • "He is a herpetologist"
  • "She is our resident philosopher"
    synonym:
  • be
  • ,
  • follow

9. Represent, as of a character on stage

  • "Derek jacobi was hamlet"
    synonym:
  • embody
  • ,
  • be
  • ,
  • personify

10. Spend or use time

  • "I may be an hour"
    synonym:
  • be

11. Have life, be alive

  • "Our great leader is no more"
  • "My grandfather lived until the end of war"
    synonym:
  • be
  • ,
  • live

12. To remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form

  • "Let her be"
    synonym:
  • be

13. Be priced at

  • "These shoes cost $100"
    synonym:
  • cost
  • ,
  • be

Examples of using

I have to be back home by seven.
I am dying to be with you.
Dinner will be ready soon.