Meaning of “is” in the English Dictionary

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"is" in British English

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uk strong /ɪz/ weak /z/ /s/ us strong /ɪz/ weak /z/ /s/

he/she/it form of be


  • The surname 'Smith' is very common in Britain.
  • This machine is easy to use.
  • Salt is a compound of sodium and chlorine.
  • This is your room - it is rather small, I'm afraid.
  • Grandfather gets quite confused sometimes, and doesn't even know what day it is.

(Definition of “is” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"is" in American English

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us /ɪz, əz/

be, used with he/she/it:

She is a lawyer.

(Definition of “is” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)