been Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “been” in the English Dictionary

"been" in British English

See all translations

beenverb

uk   /biːn/ /bɪn/ us   /biːn/ /bɪn/
past participle of be
used to mean "visited" or "travelled",: I've never been to Kenya, but I hope to visit it next year. "Have you ever been there before?" - "Yes, I've been twice."
used as the past participle of "go" when the action referred to is finished: She's been to the hairdresser's (= and now she has returned). Do you need to go to the bathroom, or have you already been?
UK used to mean "arrived": The postman hasn't been yet. The doctor's just been (= has arrived and left).
(Definition of been from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"been" in American English

See all translations

been

us   /bɪn/
past participle of be
Been is also used to mean visited or traveled: "Have you ever been to Africa?" "No, I’ve never been there, but I’d love to go."
(Definition of been from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of been?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

ultraviolet

Ultraviolet light has a wavelength that is after the violet (= light purple) end of the range of colours that can be seen by humans. Light of this type causes the skin to become darker in the sun.

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More