Meaning of "be" in Essential American English Dictionary


verb us /bi/ (present participle being, past tense was, past participle been)

A1 used to describe someone or something:

I’m Maria (= I am Maria).
I’m sixteen.
He’s German (= He is German).
They were sick.
Be quiet!
there is/there are

A1 used to show that someone or something exists:

There are three of us.
Is there a bank near here?

A1 used to show where someone or something is:

She’s in the kitchen.
it is, it was, etc.

used to give a fact or your opinion about something:

It’s a good idea.
It’s a big problem.

(Definition of “be verb” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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