What does be mean?

Definitions for be
bi; unstressed bi, bɪbe

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. be(Verb)

    With there as dummy subject: to exist.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. be(Verb)

    To exist; to have real existence.

    Rachel wepynge ffor her chyldren, and wolde nott be comforted because they were not.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  3. be(Verb)

    To exist.

    Some men there are loue not a gaping Pigge: / Some that are mad, if they behold a Cat: / And others, when the bag-pipe sings i’th nose, / Cannot containe their Vrine for affection.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  4. be(Verb)

    To occupy a place.

    The cup is on the table.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  5. be(Verb)

    To occur, to take place.

    When will the meeting be?

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  6. be(Verb)

    Elliptical form of "be here", "go to and return from" or similar.

    The postman has been today, but my tickets have still not yet come.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  7. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate that the subject and object are the same.

    Knowledge is bliss.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  8. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate that the values on either side of an equation are the same.

    3 times 5 is fifteen.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  9. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate that the subject is an instance of the predicate nominal.

    A dog is an animal. Dogs are animals.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  10. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate that the subject plays the role of the predicate nominal.

    François Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  11. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by an adjective.

    The sky is blue.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  12. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by a noun or noun phrase.

    The sky is a deep blue today.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  13. be(Verb)

    Used to form the passive voice.

    The dog was saved by the boy.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  14. be(Verb)

    Used to form the continuous forms of various tenses.

    The woman is walking.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  15. be(Verb)

    Used to form the perfect aspect with certain intransitive verbs; this was more common in archaic use, especially with verbs indicating motion. "He is finished", and "He is gone" are common, but "He is come" is archaic.

    They are not yet come back.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  16. be(Verb)

    Used to express future action as well as what is due to, intended to, or should happen.

    They are to be married next month.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  17. be(Verb)

    Used to link a subject to a measurement.

    This building is three hundred years old.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  18. be(Verb)

    Used to state the age of a subject in years.

    I’m 20.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  19. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate the time of day.

    It is almost eight.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  20. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate passage of time since the occurrence of an event.

    It has been three years since my grandmother died.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  21. be(Verb)

    Used to indicate weather, air quality, or the like.

    It is hot in Arizona, but it is not usually humid.

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  22. be(Verb)

    To exist or behave in a certain way.

    "When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead."

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

  23. be(Verb)

    To tend to do, often do; marks the habitual aspect.

    Women be shoppin’! You cannot stop a woman from shoppin’!

    Etymology: From Middle English been ("to be") . The various forms have three separate origins, which were mixed together at various times in the history of English.

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

Freebase

  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 ac.be, but others have abandoned its use. Any .be registration has to be ordered via a registered agent.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Be

    bē, v.i. to live: to exist: to have a certain state or quality:—pr.p. bē′ing; pa.p. been.—n. Be′-all (Shak.), the whole being. [A.S. béon; Ger. bin; Gael. bi, to exist; W. byw, to live; Gr. phu-ein, L. fui, fio, Sans. bhu, to be, orig. meaning to grow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. be

    To exist.

    To be calm and loving is a gift that we must really respect and treasure.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  
  2. be

    To use time.

    My brother asked how long will we be, I communicated, we are very efficient and will see you soon.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of be in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of be in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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