—v.i. 1. to exist or live: Shakespeare's “To be or not to be” is the ultimate question. 2. to take place; happen; occur: The wedding was last week. 3. to occupy a place or position: The book is on the table. 4. to continue or remain as before: Let things be. 5. to belong; attend; befall: May good fortune be with you. 6. (used as a copula to connect the subject with its predicate adjective, or predicate nominative, in order to describe, identify, or amplify the subject): Martha is tall. John is president. This is she. 7. (used as a copula to introduce or form interrogative or imperative sentences): Is that right? Be quiet! Don't be facetious.
—auxiliary v. 1. (used with the present participle of another verb to form the progressive tense): I am waiting. 2. (used with the present participle or infinitive of the principal verb to indicate future action): She is visiting there next week. He is to see me today. 3. (used with the past participle of another verb to form the passive voice): The date was fixed. It must be done. 4. (used in archaic or literary constructions with some intransitive verbs to form the perfect tense): He is come. Agamemnon to the wars is gone.
a native English prefix formerly used in the formation of verbs: become, besiege, bedaub, befriend.
bill of exchange. Also,b.e.
1. Bachelor of Education.
2. Bachelor of Engineering.
3. Bank of England.
4. bill of exchange.
5. Board of Education.