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Meaning of be by Wiktionary Dictionary




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



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


    • EB


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


    B.E .

    1. Bachelor of Engineering .

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    • B.Eng .
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    • EB


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/08/20 20:09 UTC Version )


    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 .


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



    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


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


    • IPA: /be/, X-SAMPA: /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 .

Explanation of be by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. spend or use time

    2. I may be an hour
    3. work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

    4. have an existence, be extant

    5. have the quality of being

    6. have life, be alive

    7. be identical to

    8. form or compose

    9. These constitute my entire belonging
    10. occupy a certain position or area

    11. Where is my umbrella?The toolshed is in the back; What is behind this behavior?
    12. be identical or equivalent to

    13. represent, as of a character on stage

    14. be priced at

    15. to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form

    16. let her be
    17. happen, occur, take place

    1. a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element

    Definition of be by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Be ( bē ), v. i. [imp. Was ( wŏz ); p. p. Been ( bĭn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Being.] [OE. been, beon, AS. beón to be, beóm I am; akin to OHG. bim, pim, G. bin, I am, Gael. & Ir. bu was, W. bod to be, Lith. bu-ti, O. Slav. by-ti, to be, L. fu-i I have been, fu-turus about to be, fo-re to be about to be, and perh. to fieri to become, Gr. φῦναι to be born, to be, Skr. bhū to be. This verb is defective, and the parts lacking are supplied by verbs from other roots, is, was, which have no radical connection with be. The various forms, am, are, is, was, were, etc., are considered grammatically as parts of the verb “to be”, which, with its conjugational forms, is often called the substantive verb. √97. Cf. Future, Physic.]
      1. To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have existence.

      To be contents his natural desire. Pope.

      To be, or not to be: that is the question. Shak.

      2. To exist in a certain manner or relation, -- whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, -- a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, “to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that is the man”.

      3. To take place; to happen; as, “the meeting was on Thursday”.

      4. To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to.

      The field is the world. Matt. xiii. 38.

      The seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Rev. i. 20.

      ☞ The verb to be ( including the forms is, was, etc. ) is used in forming the passive voice of other verbs; as, John has been struck by James. It is also used with the past participle of many intransitive verbs to express a state of the subject. But have is now more commonly used as the auxiliary, though expressing a different sense; as, “Ye have come too late -- but ye are come. ” “The minstrel boy to the war is gone.” The present and imperfect tenses form, with the infinitive, a particular future tense, which expresses necessity, duty, or purpose; as, government is to be supported; we are to pay our just debts; the deed is to be signed to-morrow.

      Have or had been, followed by to, implies movement. “I have been to Paris.” Sydney Smith. “Have you been to Franchard ?” R. L. Stevenson.

      ☞ Been, or ben, was anciently the plural of the indicative present. “Ye ben light of the world.” Wyclif, Matt. v. 14. Afterwards be was used, as in our Bible: “They that be with us are more than they that be with them.” 2 Kings vi. 16. Ben was also the old infinitive: “To ben of such power.” R. of Gloucester. Be is used as a form of the present subjunctive: “But if it be a question of words and names.” Acts xviii. 15. But the indicative forms, is and are, with if, are more commonly used.

      Be it so, a phrase of supposition, equivalent to suppose it to be so; or of permission, signifying let it be so. Shak. -- If so be, in case. -- To be from, to have come from; as, from what place are you? I am from Chicago. -- To let be, to omit, or leave untouched; to let alone. “Let be, therefore, my vengeance to dissuade.” Spenser.

      Syn. -- To be, Exist. The verb to be, except in a few rare cases, like that of Shakespeare's “To be, or not to be”, is used simply as a copula, to connect a subject with its predicate; as, man is mortal; the soul is immortal. The verb to exist is never properly used as a mere copula, but points to things that stand forth, or have a substantive being; as, when the soul is freed from all corporeal alliance, then it truly exists. It is not, therefore, properly synonymous with to be when used as a copula, though occasionally made so by some writers for the sake of variety; as in the phrase “there exists [is] no reason for laying new taxes.” We may, indeed, say, “a friendship has long existed between them,” instead of saying, “there has long been a friendship between them;” but in this case, exist is not a mere copula. It is used in its appropriate sense to mark the friendship as having been long in existence.