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be

be

 
pronunciation:
bi
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, auxiliary verb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: am, is, are, being, was, were, been
definition 1: to remain in a state of existence; have reality; exist.
There was a railroad here at one time.
similar words:
dwell, exist
definition 2: to take place or happen.
The game is today.
similar words:
dwell, occur
definition 3: to occupy a certain place or position.
He was here yesterday, but I haven't seen him today.The cat is up in the tree, and she won't come down.
similar words:
dwell, stand
definition 4: (in constructions linking a subject and predicate) to equal or to possess the characteristic or quality of.
She is ten years old.He is thin.
similar words:
stand
definition 5: used to introduce a command or a question.
Be still.Is she here yet?
 
part of speech: auxiliary verb
inflections: am, are, been, being, is, was, were
definition 1: used with the present participle of another verb to indicate continuing action.
We are leaving.
definition 2: used with the present participle or infinitive of another verb to indicate intended or required action.
They are seeing me tomorrow.He is to go straight home.
definition 3: used with the past participle of another verb to form a passive construction.
On the subway, we were pushed and shoved.
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word bee (a flying insect)? Be and bee sound alike but have different meanings.