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be

verb
 
 
strong /biː/ weak /bi, / ( present participle being, past tense was, past participle been)
DESCRIBE A1 used to describe or give information about someone or something: I'm sixteen. I'm Andy. Her mother is a teacher. He's German. They were very upset. He was very ill last year. I'm sorry I'm late. They've been unlucky. Be quiet!Existing and being
there is/there are/there was, etc A1 used to show that someone or something exists: There were about fifty people at the party. Is there a bank near here?Existing and being
POSITION A1 used to show the position of someone or something: It's been in the cupboard for months. She's in the kitchen.Existing and being
it is/it was, etc used to give a fact or your opinion about something: It's not surprising that she left him. It's a good idea to keep a spare key somewhere safe.Existing and being
(Definition of be verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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