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Definition of "been" [been]

  • Past participle of be. (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "been" in a sentence
  • "We are here to speak of the thousands of women who� have been destroyed through war, who have been� raped, battered and butchered."
  • "Not only has the slave territory been nearly doubled in the present century; but by a recent decision of the Supreme Court, every law which _has been_ passed by Congress restricting slavery, is pronounced contrary to the constitution, and therefore invalid."
  • "We can say, I _have_ been, I _had_ been; but what sort of a tense is, _had have been_?"