be  

  • Definition of be

    • (n): a light strong brittle gray toxic bivalent metallic element  
    • (v): spend or use time; "I may be an hour"  
    • (v): work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher"  
    • (v): have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"  
    • (v): have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"  
    • (v): have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war"  
    • (v): be identical to; be someone or something; "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house"  
    • (v): 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 h  
    • (v): occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"  
    • (v): be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"  
    • (v): represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"  
    • (v): be priced at; "These shoes cost $100"  
    • (v): to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form; "let her be"  
    • (v): 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"  

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