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  1. be
  2. verb

    • 1. exist:

      there are no easy answers there once was a man there must be something wrong I think, therefore I am
      Synonym : exist, have being, have existence, live, be alive, have life, breathe, draw breath, be extant, be viable
    • 2. be present:

      there were no curtains around the showers are there any castles in this area? there is a boy sitting on the step
      Synonym : be present, be around, be available, be near, be nearby, be at hand
    • 3. occur; take place:

      the exhibition will be in November the opening event is on October 16 that was before the war
      Synonym : occur, happen, take place, come about, arise, crop up, transpire, fall, materialize, ensue, come to pass, befall, betide
    • 4. occupy a position in space:

      the Salvation Army store was on his left she was not at the window
      Synonym : be situated, be located, be found, be present, be set, be positioned, be placed, be installed
    • 5. stay in the same place or condition:

      he's a tough customer—let him be she was here until about ten-thirty
      Synonym : remain, stay, wait, linger, hold on, hang on, last, continue, survive, endure, persist, prevail, obtain
    • 6. attend:

      the days when she was in school
      Synonym : attend, go to, be present, take part, frequent, haunt, patronize
    • 7. come; go; visit:

      he's from Missouri I have just been to Thailand the doctor's been here twice today
    • 8. having the state, quality, identity, nature, role, etc., specified:

      Amy was 91 the floor was uneven I want to be a teacher father was not well it will be Christmas soon Be careful,” Mr. Carter said his hair's brown
    • 9. cost:

      the tickets were $25
      Synonym : cost, be priced at, sell for, be valued at, fetch, come to, set one back, go for
    • 10. amount to:

      one and one is two two sixes are twelve
      Synonym : amount to, come to, add up to, run to, number, make, total, equal, be equal to, be equivalent to, comprise, represent, tot up to
    • 11. represent:

      let A be a square matrix of order
    • 12. signify:

      we were everything to each other
    • 13. consist of; constitute:

      the monastery was several three-story buildings
    • 14. say:

      when I got there, they were like “What are you doing here?”


    • 1. used with a present participle to form continuous tenses:

      they are coming he had been reading she will be waiting
    • 2. used with a past participle to form the passive mood:

      it was done it is said his book will be published
    • 3. used to indicate something due to happen:

      construction is to begin next summer I was to meet him at 6:30
    • 4. used to express obligation or necessity:

      you are to follow these orders they said I was to remain on board
    • 5. used to express possibility:

      these snakes are to be found in North America she was nowhere to be seen
    • 6. used to hypothesize about something that might happen:

      if I were to lose if I was to tell you, you'd think I was crazy were she to cure me, what could I offer her?
    • 7. used with the past participle of intransitive verbs to form perfect tenses:

      I am returned all humanity is fallen
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: be, 3rd person present: is, gerund or present participle: being, past tense: was, past participle: been