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be

  
  (unstressed)  
      vb   pres. sing. 1st pers   , am   2nd pers   , are   3rd pers   , is   pres. pl   , are   past sing 1st pers   , was   2nd pers   , were   3rd pers   , was   past pl   , were   pres. part   , being   past part   , been   intr  
1    to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; live  
I think, therefore I am, not all that is can be understood     
2    used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only   to pay a visit; go  
have you been to Spain?     
3    to take place; occur  
my birthday was last Thursday     
4    copula   used as a linking verb between the subject of a sentence and its noun or adjective complement or complementing phrase. In this case be expresses the relationship of either essential or incidental equivalence or identity (John is a man; John is a musician) or specifies an essential or incidental attribute (honey is sweet; Susan is angry). It is also used with an adverbial complement to indicate a relationship of location in space or time (Bill is at the office; the dance is on Saturday)  
5    takes a present participle   forms the progressive present tense  
the man is running     
6    takes a past participle   forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive ones  
a good film is being shown on television tonight, I am done     
7    takes an infinitive   expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligation  
the president is to arrive at 9.30, you are not to leave before I say so     
8    takes a past participle   forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or come  
the last train is gone     
9    be that as it may   the facts concerning (something) are of no importance  
     (Old English beon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is)  


Be  
      the chemical symbol for   beryllium  
  
      abbrev. for   Baumé  
BE  
      abbrev. for  
1    bill of exchange  
2    (in the U.S.) Board of Education  
3    Bachelor of Education  
4    Bachelor of Engineering  
be-  
      prefix forming transitive verbs  
1    from nouns   to surround completely; cover on all sides  
befog     
2    from nouns   to affect completely or excessively  
bedazzle     
3    from nouns   to consider as or cause to be  
befool, befriend     
4    from nouns   to provide or cover with  
bejewel     
5    from verbs   at, for, against, on, or over  
bewail, berate     
     (Old English be-, bi-, unstressed variant of bi by)  
be-all and end-all  
      n  
Informal  
1    the ultimate aim or justification  
to provide help for others is the be-all and end-all of this group     
2    Often humorous   a person or thing considered to be beyond improvement  
-to-be  
      adj   in combination   about to be; future  
a mother-to-be, the bride-to-be     
would-be  
      adj   prenominal  
1    Usually derogatory   wanting or professing to be  
a would-be politician     
2    intended to be  
would-be generosity     
      n  
3    Derogatory   a person who wants or professes to be something that he is not  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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Be  
      the chemical symbol for   beryllium  


be     (unstressed)  
      vb   pres. sing. 1st pers   , am   2nd pers   , are   3rd pers   , is   pres. pl   , are   past sing 1st pers   , was   2nd pers   , were   3rd pers   , was   past pl   , were   pres. part   , being   past part   , been   intr  
1    to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; live  
I think, therefore I am, not all that is can be understood     
2    used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only   to pay a visit; go  
have you been to Spain?     
3    to take place; occur  
my birthday was last Thursday     
4    copula   used as a linking verb between the subject of a sentence and its noun or adjective complement or complementing phrase. In this case be expresses the relationship of either essential or incidental equivalence or identity (John is a man; John is a musician) or specifies an essential or incidental attribute (honey is sweet; Susan is angry). It is also used with an adverbial complement to indicate a relationship of location in space or time (Bill is at the office; the dance is on Saturday)  
5    takes a present participle   forms the progressive present tense  
the man is running     
6    takes a past participle   forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive ones  
a good film is being shown on television tonight, I am done     
7    takes an infinitive   expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligation  
the president is to arrive at 9.30, you are not to leave before I say so     
8    takes a past participle   forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or come  
the last train is gone     
9    be that as it may   the facts concerning (something) are of no importance  
     (Old English beon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is)  
  
      abbrev. for   Baumé  
BE  
      abbrev. for  
1    bill of exchange  
2    (in the U.S.) Board of Education  
3    Bachelor of Education  
4    Bachelor of Engineering  
be-  
      prefix forming transitive verbs  
1    from nouns   to surround completely; cover on all sides  
befog     
2    from nouns   to affect completely or excessively  
bedazzle     
3    from nouns   to consider as or cause to be  
befool, befriend     
4    from nouns   to provide or cover with  
bejewel     
5    from verbs   at, for, against, on, or over  
bewail, berate     
     (Old English be-, bi-, unstressed variant of bi by)  
be-all and end-all  
      n  
Informal  
1    the ultimate aim or justification  
to provide help for others is the be-all and end-all of this group     
2    Often humorous   a person or thing considered to be beyond improvement  
-to-be  
      adj   in combination   about to be; future  
a mother-to-be, the bride-to-be     
would-be  
      adj   prenominal  
1    Usually derogatory   wanting or professing to be  
a would-be politician     
2    intended to be  
would-be generosity     
      n  
3    Derogatory   a person who wants or professes to be something that he is not  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

Collins
BE  
      abbrev. for  
1    bill of exchange  
2    (in the U.S.) Board of Education  
3    Bachelor of Education  
4    Bachelor of Engineering  


be     (unstressed)  
      vb   pres. sing. 1st pers   , am   2nd pers   , are   3rd pers   , is   pres. pl   , are   past sing 1st pers   , was   2nd pers   , were   3rd pers   , was   past pl   , were   pres. part   , being   past part   , been   intr  
1    to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; live  
I think, therefore I am, not all that is can be understood     
2    used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only   to pay a visit; go  
have you been to Spain?     
3    to take place; occur  
my birthday was last Thursday     
4    copula   used as a linking verb between the subject of a sentence and its noun or adjective complement or complementing phrase. In this case be expresses the relationship of either essential or incidental equivalence or identity (John is a man; John is a musician) or specifies an essential or incidental attribute (honey is sweet; Susan is angry). It is also used with an adverbial complement to indicate a relationship of location in space or time (Bill is at the office; the dance is on Saturday)  
5    takes a present participle   forms the progressive present tense  
the man is running     
6    takes a past participle   forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive ones  
a good film is being shown on television tonight, I am done     
7    takes an infinitive   expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligation  
the president is to arrive at 9.30, you are not to leave before I say so     
8    takes a past participle   forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or come  
the last train is gone     
9    be that as it may   the facts concerning (something) are of no importance  
     (Old English beon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is)  
Be  
      the chemical symbol for   beryllium  
  
      abbrev. for   Baumé  
be-  
      prefix forming transitive verbs  
1    from nouns   to surround completely; cover on all sides  
befog     
2    from nouns   to affect completely or excessively  
bedazzle     
3    from nouns   to consider as or cause to be  
befool, befriend     
4    from nouns   to provide or cover with  
bejewel     
5    from verbs   at, for, against, on, or over  
bewail, berate     
     (Old English be-, bi-, unstressed variant of bi by)  
be-all and end-all  
      n  
Informal  
1    the ultimate aim or justification  
to provide help for others is the be-all and end-all of this group     
2    Often humorous   a person or thing considered to be beyond improvement  
-to-be  
      adj   in combination   about to be; future  
a mother-to-be, the bride-to-be     
would-be  
      adj   prenominal  
1    Usually derogatory   wanting or professing to be  
a would-be politician     
2    intended to be  
would-be generosity     
      n  
3    Derogatory   a person who wants or professes to be something that he is not  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

Collins
B/E   , BE, b.e.         
      abbrev. for   bill of exchange  


be     (unstressed)  
      vb   pres. sing. 1st pers   , am   2nd pers   , are   3rd pers   , is   pres. pl   , are   past sing 1st pers   , was   2nd pers   , were   3rd pers   , was   past pl   , were   pres. part   , being   past part   , been   intr  
1    to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; live  
I think, therefore I am, not all that is can be understood     
2    used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only   to pay a visit; go  
have you been to Spain?     
3    to take place; occur  
my birthday was last Thursday     
4    copula   used as a linking verb between the subject of a sentence and its noun or adjective complement or complementing phrase. In this case be expresses the relationship of either essential or incidental equivalence or identity (John is a man; John is a musician) or specifies an essential or incidental attribute (honey is sweet; Susan is angry). It is also used with an adverbial complement to indicate a relationship of location in space or time (Bill is at the office; the dance is on Saturday)  
5    takes a present participle   forms the progressive present tense  
the man is running     
6    takes a past participle   forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive ones  
a good film is being shown on television tonight, I am done     
7    takes an infinitive   expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligation  
the president is to arrive at 9.30, you are not to leave before I say so     
8    takes a past participle   forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or come  
the last train is gone     
9    be that as it may   the facts concerning (something) are of no importance  
     (Old English beon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is)  
Be  
      the chemical symbol for   beryllium  
  
      abbrev. for   Baumé  
BE         
      abbrev. for  
1    bill of exchange  
2    (in the U.S.) Board of Education  
3    Bachelor of Education  
4    Bachelor of Engineering  
be-  
      prefix forming transitive verbs  
1    from nouns   to surround completely; cover on all sides  
befog     
2    from nouns   to affect completely or excessively  
bedazzle     
3    from nouns   to consider as or cause to be  
befool, befriend     
4    from nouns   to provide or cover with  
bejewel     
5    from verbs   at, for, against, on, or over  
bewail, berate     
     (Old English be-, bi-, unstressed variant of bi by)  
be-all and end-all  
      n  
Informal  
1    the ultimate aim or justification  
to provide help for others is the be-all and end-all of this group     
2    Often humorous   a person or thing considered to be beyond improvement  
-to-be  
      adj   in combination   about to be; future  
a mother-to-be, the bride-to-be     
would-be  
      adj   prenominal  
1    Usually derogatory   wanting or professing to be  
a would-be politician     
2    intended to be  
would-be generosity     
      n  
3    Derogatory   a person who wants or professes to be something that he is not  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

Collins

be

  
1    be alive, breathe, exist, inhabit, live  
2    befall, come about, come to pass, happen, occur, take place, transpire     (informal)  
3    abide, continue, endure, last, obtain, persist, prevail, remain, stand, stay, survive  


would-be     
budding, dormant, latent, manqué, potential, professed, quasi-, self-appointed, self-styled, so-called, soi-disant, undeveloped, unfulfilled, unrealized  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
be stupid
expression used when someone becomes irritating
v.
be exactly right
[Fam.] Ex.: Her guess was right on the money.
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
exp.
be in a good shape
exp.
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
exp.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
exp.
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
exp.
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
exp.
think alike about a certain topic; be aligned in opinions; feel the same way about smth.
id.
be more successful than others in a competitive situation or do things in advance in order to succeed in a competition.
That basketball team was ahead of the game that is why they won!
exp.
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
exp.
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
exp.
behave in a manner that is commonly considered as specific to women
[Fam.] it is used most frequently when referring to men who show lack of courage or an excessive shyness or sensitivity. E.g Don't be a pussy; You're such a pussy
exp.
to be staggering
Das ist ein Hammer!
v.
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
exp.
be a man
familiar
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
adj.
able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
n.
be silent, stop talking etc
n.
To surmount, to be victorious
exp.
be very expensive; cost a lot
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