Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element
  2. (verb, possession) spend or use time
  3. (verb, social) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
    She is our resident philosopher
  4. (verb, stative) have an existence, be extant
  5. (verb, stative) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
    This is not a good answer
  6. (verb, stative) have life, be alive
    My grandfather lived until the end of war
  7. (verb, stative) be identical to; be someone or something
    This is my house
  8. (verb, stative) form or compose
    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. (verb, stative) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
    The toolshed is in the back
    What is behind this behavior?
  10. (verb, stative) be identical or equivalent to
  11. (verb, stative) represent, as of a character on stage
  12. (verb, stative) be priced at
  13. (verb, stative) to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
  14. (verb, stative) happen, occur, take place
    There were two hundred people at his funeral
    There was a lot of noise in the kitchen

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Be

Derivations: being

Hyponyms: abound, accept, account, account for, act, add up, adhere, adorn, agree, amount, answer, appear, attend, bake, balance, be, be given, be well, beat, beautify, bedevil, befuddle, begin, belong, body, body forth, boil, breathe, broil, buy, buzz, center on, check, clean, coexist, cohere, come, come in for, come in handy, compact, compare, compose, comprise, confound, confuse, connect, consist, constitute, contain, continue, correspond, coruscate, cost, count, cover, cox, curve, cut, cut across, deck, decorate, define, delimit, delimitate, delineate, depend, deserve, disaccord, disagree, discombobulate, discord, distribute, diverge, draw, drown, dwell, embellish, embody, encounter, end, endanger, enter, equate, exemplify, extend, extend to, face, fall, fall into, fall under, feel, figure, fill, fit, flow, follow, footle, form, fox, fuddle, gape, gibe, go, go to, grace, gravitate, hail, hang, hang around, head, head up, hold, hoodoo, hum, hurt, impend, imperil, incarnate, incline, indwell, inhabit, interrelate, iridesce, jeopardise, jeopardize, jibe, jumble, keep one's distance, keep one's eyes off, keep one's hands off, kick about, kick around, kill, knock about, knock back, lallygag, lead, lean, lend, let go, lie, lie in, linger, litter, live, loaf, loiter, lollygag, look, lounge, lubricate, lurk, make, make sense, match, matter, measure, menace, merit, mess about, mill about, mill around, mingle, moon about, moon around, mope, need, number, object, obtain, occupy, osculate, owe, pack, pass, pay, peril, personify, point, poke out, populate, pose, preexist, present, press, prevail, promise, prove, put back, put out, rage, range, rank, rate, reach, reach out, recognize, relate, remain, represent, require, rest, retard, run, run into, rut, scintillate, seem, seethe, sell, set back, shine, sit, sit around, sparkle, specify, squat, stagnate, stand, stand back, stand by, stand for, start, stay, stay away, stay on, stick, stick by, stink, straddle, stretch, stretch along, substantiate, subtend, suck, suffer, suit, supplement, swim, swing, take, tally, tarry, tend, terminate, test, threaten, throw, total, touch, translate, transplant, trim, turn out, turn up, twist, underlie, vet, want, wash, weigh, wind, work, yaw, yawn

Hypernyms: be, metal, metallic element, occupy, remain, represent, rest, stand for, stay, symbolise, symbolize, take, typify, use up

Origin of the word Be

  1. O.E. beon, beom, bion "be, exist, come to be, become," from P.Gmc. *beo-, *beu-. This "b-root" is from PIE base *bheu-, *bhu- "grow, come into being, become," and in addition to the words in English it yielded German present first and second person sing. (bin, bist, from O.H.G. bim "I am," bist "thou art"), L. perf. tenses of essemore

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Be

b, b-52, b.o., ba, baa, baba, babe, baboo, babu, baby, bahai, bai, baobab, bap, baphia, bawbee, bay, bay of ob, baya, bayou, bb, beau, bebop, bee, beef, beef up, beefy, beehive, beep, behave, behoove, behove, bevy, bey, bh, bi, bib, biff, bo hai, boa, bob

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