Definitions for Bebi; unstressed bi, bɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be*bi; unstressed bi, bɪ(v.)am; are; is; was; were; be; been; be•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to exist or live:

    Shakespeare's “To be or not to be” is the ultimate question.

  2. to take place; occur:

    The wedding was last week.

  3. to occupy a place or position:

    The book is on the table.

  4. to continue or remain as before:

    Let things be.

  5. to belong; attend; befall:

    May good fortune be with you.

  6. (used as a copula to connect the subject with its predicate adjective, or predicate nominative, in order to describe, identify, or amplify the subject):

    He is tall. She is president.

  7. (used as a copula to introduce or form interrogative or imperative sentences):

    Is that right? Be quiet!

  8. (auxiliary verb.)(used with the present participle of another verb to form progressive tenses):

    I am waiting. We were talking.

    Category: Function Word

  9. (used with the infinitive of the principal verb to indicate a command, arrangements, or future action):

    He is to see me today. You are not to leave before six.

    Category: Function Word

  10. (used with the past participle of another verb to form the passive voice):

    The date was fixed.

    Category: Function Word

  11. (used in archaic or literary constructions with some intransitive verbs to form perfect tenses):

    He is come.

    Category: Function Word

* Usage: See me.

Origin of be:

bef. 900; ME; OE bēon; akin to OFris, OHG bim (I) am, L fuī (I) have been, Gk phýein to grow, become


  1. beryllium.

    Category: Chemistry

* Chem. Symbol..


  1. a prefix with the original sense “about,”“around,”“all over,” hence having an intensive and often disparaging force; used as a verb formative (becloud; besiege), and often serving to form transitive verbs from intransitives or from nouns:

    belabor; befriend; belittle.

    Category: Affix

Origin of be-:

ME, OE, unstressed form of by1


  1. Bachelor of Education.

    Category: Education, Titles, Associations, Organizations

  2. Bachelor of Engineering.

    Category: Education, Titles, Associations, Organizations

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beryllium, Be, glucinium, atomic number 4(verb)

    a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element

  2. be(verb)

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

    "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"

  3. be(verb)

    be identical to; be someone or something

    "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house"

  4. be(verb)

    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

    "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"

  5. exist, be(verb)

    have an existence, be extant

    "Is there a God?"

  6. be(verb)

    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"

  7. equal, be(verb)

    be identical or equivalent to

    "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"

  8. constitute, represent, make up, comprise, be(verb)

    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"

  9. be, follow(verb)

    work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

    "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher"

  10. embody, be, personify(verb)

    represent, as of a character on stage

    "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"

  11. be(verb)

    spend or use time

    "I may be an hour"

  12. be, live(verb)

    have life, be alive

    "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war"

  13. be(verb)

    to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form

    "let her be"

  14. cost, be(verb)

    be priced at

    "These shoes cost $100"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. beɪ

    used with the past participle to form a passive

    The cars were made in Japan.; I was given two booklets to read.

  2. beɪ

    used with the present participle to form progressive tenses

    I am going out now.; We were trying to call him.

  3. beɪ

    used in the conditional to talk about sth you are imagining

    If I were President, I'd change the whole system.

  4. beɪ

    used to form question tags

    You're coming too, aren't you?; It was raining, wasn't it?

  5. beɪ

    links descriptive, time, or place information with a noun

    The dog is male.; My birthday was last week.; The shoes are $45.; That book's mine.; He's crazy.; Your coat is in the closet.; Is the couch new?

  6. beɪ

    used to describe a situation or give an opinion about it

    It's hot.; It was hard to get her to listen.; The teacher says it's OK to leave now.; It would be sad if you didn't meet her.

  7. beɪ

    used to give the time

    It's three o'clock.; I think it was about noon.

  8. beɪ

    indicates sth exists or happens

    There are five classes.; Was there anything else happening last night?

  9. beɪ

    used to tell sb how to behave

    Be quiet!; Stop being ridiculous!

  10. beɪ

    to be equal to

    Four plus four is eight.; How much is $20 in pounds?


  1. be(Verb)

    To exist; to have real existence.

  2. be(Verb)

    With there as dummy subject: to exist.

  3. be(Verb)

    To occupy a place.

    The cup is on the table.

  4. be(Verb)

    To occur, to take place.

    When will the meeting be?

  5. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  6. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  7. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  8. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  9. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  10. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  11. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  12. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  13. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  14. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  15. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  16. be(Verb)


    The sky is blue.

  17. Origin: From been, from beon, from beunan, from bʰew-. Cognate with binne, ben, Low German bün ("am"), bin, buan. Irregular forms are inherited from the compound verb beon-wesan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Be(verb)

    to exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have ex/stence

  2. Be(verb)

    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

  3. Be(verb)

    to take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday

  4. Be(verb)

    to signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to


  1. be

    .be is the Internet country code top-level domain for Belgium. The domain became active in 1989 and was administrated by Pierre Verbaeten of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 2000, the control of the TLD was transferred to DNS Belgium. As of early 2012 there are 1,253,040 domains that are registered. It was announced in November 2005 that the initial registration of domains would be free until the beginning of 2006, though with some limits on the number any individual was allowed to register. This was remarkably popular, with some 17,000 registrations coming in on the first day of the promotion. Domain names are registered directly at second level. Some of Belgian's main academic institutions, such as the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, use third-level names under, but others have abandoned its use. Any .be registration has to be ordered via a registered agent.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Be' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #15

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Be' in Written Corpus Frequency: #28

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Be' in Verbs Frequency: #1

Anagrams of Be

  1. EB

Translations for Be

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


used with a present participle to form the progressive or continuous tenses

I'm reading; I am being followed; What were you saying?.

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