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verb [L] (EXIST)   /bi/ (present tense am  /æm/ , are  /ɑr/ or is  /ɪz/, present participle being  /ˈbi·ɪŋ/, past tense was  /wʌz/ or were  /wɜr/, past participle been  /bɪn/)
to exist : She apologized for the way things are around here. There was no sound .
(Definition of be verb (EXIST) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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