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Meaning of be- by Wiktionary Dictionary

be-


    Etymology

    From Middle English be-, bi-, from Old English be- ( “be-” ), from Proto-Germanic *bi- ( “be-” ), from Proto-Germanic *bi ( “near, by” ). See by. Cognate with Dutch be- ( “be-” ), German be- ( “be-” ). More at by .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /bɪ/, /bi/, X-SAMPA: /bI/, /bi/

    Preposition

    be-

    1. ( rare or no longer productive ) By, near, next to, around, close to .
      beleaguer, bestand, beset, besit
    2. ( rare or no longer productive ) Around; about .
      belay, belook, bestir, belive, besmell, bewrap
    3. ( rare or no longer productive ) About, regarding, concerning, over .
      bewrite, betalk, betell, bemoan, bemourn, bewail, beknow, besing, bespeak
    4. ( no longer productive ) On, upon, at, to, in contact with something .
      beclothe, becall, besee, behold, befall, bedo, beshine, besmile
    5. ( no longer productive ) Off, away, over, across
      becut, bedeal, betake, bego, behead, belimb, beland, benim, bereave, besleeve
    6. ( no longer productive ) As an intensifier; i.e. thoroughly, excessively; completely .
      belabour, behate, bedazzle
    7. ( no longer productive ) All around; about; abundantly; all over .
      belave, belick, bescatter, bekiss
    8. ( rare ) Forming verbs derived from nouns or adjectives, usually with the sense of "to make, become, or cause to be" .
      becalm, bedark, befriend, bedim, beken, benight, benothing, bewet, besmooth
    9. ( archaic or informal ) Used to intensify adjectives meaning "adorned with something" often those with the suffix -ed .
      besequined, befeathered, beclawed, bewebbed, betasseled, beloved

    See also

    Etymology

    An unstressed form of bī, from Proto-Germanic *bi- .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /be/, X-SAMPA: /be/

    Preposition

    be-

    1. A productive prefix usually used to form verbs and adjectives, especially:
      verbs with the sense "around, throughout",
      transitive verbs from intransitive verbs, adjectives and nouns .

    B.E.

    By Wiktionary ( 2010/01/26 01:44 UTC Version )

    Abbreviation

    B.E .

    1. Bachelor of Engineering .

    Related terms

    • B.Eng .
    • B.E.E .

    Anagrams

    • EB

    BE

    By Wiktionary ( 2010/02/17 15:20 UTC Version )

    Initialism

    BE

    1. Bachelor of Engineering .
    2. ( linguistics ) Black English
    3. Buddhist Era

    Abbreviation

    BE

    1. Berlin, a federal state of Germany .
    2. Bengkulu, a province of Indonesia .

    Anagrams

    • EB



Definition of be- by GCIDE Dictionary

be-


  1. Be-. [AS. be, and in accented form bī, akin to OS. be and bī, OHG. bi, pi, and pī, MHG. be and bī, G. be and bei, Goth. bi, and perh. Gr. ἀμφί about ( cf. AS. beseón to look about ). √203. Cf. By, Amb-.] A prefix, originally the same word as by; joined with verbs, it serves: To intensify the meaning; as, “bespatter, bestir”. To render an intransitive verb transitive; as, “befall ( to fall upon ); bespeak ( to speak for )”. To make the action of a verb particular or definite; as, “beget ( to get as offspring ); beset ( to set around )”.

    It is joined with certain substantives, and a few adjectives, to form verbs; as, bedew, befriend, benight, besot; belate ( to make late ); belittle ( to make little ). It also occurs in certain nouns, adverbs, and prepositions, often with something of the force of the preposition by, or about; as, belief ( believe ), behalf, bequest ( bequeath ); because, before, beneath, beside, between.

    In some words the original force of be is obscured or lost; as, in become, begin, behave, behoove, belong.