Definition of "be" [be]

  • (verb-intransitive) To exist in actuality; have life or reality: I think, therefore I am.
  • (verb-intransitive) To occupy a specified position: The food is on the table.
  • (verb-intransitive) To remain in a certain state or situation undisturbed, untouched, or unmolested: Let the children be.
  • (verb-intransitive) To take place; occur: The test was yesterday.
  • (verb-intransitive) To go or come: Have you ever been to Italy? Have you been home recently?
  • (verb) to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; live
  • (verb) to pay a visit; go
  • (verb) to take place; occur
  • (verb) 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)
  • (verb) forms the progressive present tense
  • (verb) forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive ones
  • (verb) expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligation
  • (verb) forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or come

Use "be" in a sentence

  • "Early on, I decided that if I had to be a Stockard, then I damn well would _be_ a Stockard."
  • "Interestingly, she appears to be taking self-promotion lessons from the shy and retiring Joe Abercrombie and it must be said, what better role model can there be*?"
  • "“Bad Lieutenant” ***Superbly acted by Cage proving he can be the man when he wants to be***"

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