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Main Entry: be
Inflected Form(s): past first & third singularwas /'w&z, 'wäz/; second singularwere /'w&r/; pluralwerepast subjunctivewerepast partbeen /'bin, 'ben, chiefly British 'bEn/; present partbe·ing /'bE(-i)[ng]/; present first singularam /&m, 'am/; second singularare /'är, &r/; third singularis /'iz, &z/; pluralarepresent subjunctivebe
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bEon; akin to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, futurus about to be, fieri to become, be done, Greek phynai to be born, be by nature, phyein to produce
Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1 a: to equal in meaning : have the same connotation as : SYMBOLIZE <God is love> <January is the first month> <let xbe 10> b: to have identity with <the first person I met was my brother> c: to constitute the same class as d: to have a specified qualification or characterization <the leaves are green> e: to belong to the class of <the fish is a trout> -- used regularly in senses 1a through 1e as the copula of simple predication 2 a: to have an objective existence : have reality or actuality : LIVE <I think, therefore I am> b: to have, maintain, or occupy a place, situation, or position <the book is on the table> c: to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form <let him be> d: to take place : OCCUR <the concert was last night> e: to come or go <has already been and gone> <has never been to the circus> farchaic: BELONG, BEFALL verbal auxiliary 1 -- used with the past participle of transitive verbs as a passive-voice auxiliary <the money was found> <the house is being built> 2 -- used as the auxiliary of the present participle in progressive tenses expressing continuous action <he is reading> <I have been sleeping> 3 -- used with the past participle of some intransitive verbs as an auxiliary forming archaic perfect tenses <Christ is risen from the dead -- 1 Corinthians 15:20(Douay Version)> 4 -- used with the infinitive with to to express futurity, arrangement in advance, or obligation <I am to interview him today> <she was to become famous>