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Definition of "be" [be]

  • 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-intransitive)

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 "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***"