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 Be Be

noun

  • a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element  ( atomic number 4, Be, beryllium, glucinium )
    a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element
  • verb

  • ( ) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)  ( be )
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
     John is rich
    John is rich
     This is not a good answer
    This is not a good answer
  • ( ) be identical to; be someone or something  ( be )
    be identical to; be someone or something
     The president of the company is John Smith
    The president of the company is John Smith
     This is my house
    This is my house
  • ( ) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere  ( be )
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
     Where is my umbrella?
    Where is my umbrella?
     The toolshed is in the back
    The toolshed is in the back
     What is behind this behavior?
    What is behind this behavior?
  • ( ) have an existence, be extant  ( be, exist )
    have an existence, be extant
     Is there a God?
    Is there a God?
  • ( ) happen, occur, take place  ( be )
    happen, occur, take place
     I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents' house
    I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents' house
     There were two hundred people at his funeral
    There were two hundred people at his funeral
     There was a lot of noise in the kitchen
    There was a lot of noise in the kitchen
  • ( ) be identical or equivalent to  ( be, equal )
    be identical or equivalent to
     One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!
    One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!
  • ( ) form or compose  ( be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent )
    form or compose
     This money is my only income
    This money is my only income
     The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance
    The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance
     These constitute my entire belonging
    These constitute my entire belonging
     The children made up the chorus
    The children made up the chorus
     This sum represents my entire income for a year
    This sum represents my entire income for a year
     These few men comprise his entire army
    These few men comprise his entire army
  • ( ) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function  ( be, follow )
    work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
     He is a herpetologist
    He is a herpetologist
     She is our resident philosopher
    She is our resident philosopher
  • ( ) represent, as of a character on stage  ( be, embody, personify )
    represent, as of a character on stage
     Derek Jacobi was Hamlet
    Derek Jacobi was Hamlet
  • ( ) spend or use time  ( be )
    spend or use time
     I may be an hour
    I may be an hour
  • ( ) have life, be alive  ( be, live )
    have life, be alive
     Our great leader is no more
    Our great leader is no more
     My grandfather lived until the end of war
    My grandfather lived until the end of war
  • be priced at  ( be, cost )
    be priced at
     These shoes cost $100
    These shoes cost $100
  • to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form  ( be )
    to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
     let her be
    let her be


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