be Definition

  • 1exist
  • 2occur
  • 3take place

Using be: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "be" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I think, therefore I am.

  • Example

    To be or not to be, that is the question.

  • Example

    The party will be at my house tonight.

  • Example

    The meeting is going to be held in the conference room.

be Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for be

Phrases with be

  • act naturally and comfortably, without pretense


    She always encourages her friends to be themselves.

  • be about to experience something, usually unpleasant


    I'm afraid you're in for a surprise when you see the final exam.

  • have discovered or realized something important


    I think we're on to something with this new marketing strategy.


Summary: be in Brief

The verb 'be' [bi] means to exist, occur, or take place. It is used in various contexts, from philosophical statements like 'I think, therefore I am,' to everyday events like 'The party will be at my house tonight.' Phrases like 'be oneself' and 'be in for something' add nuance to the meaning of 'be.'

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