n : a light strong brittle gray toxic bivalent metallic element [syn: beryllium, glucinium, atomic number 4]
1: have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
2: be identical to; be someone or something; "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house"
3: occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
4: have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?" [syn: exist]
5: happen, occur, take place; "I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents' house"; "There were two hundred people at his funeral"; "There was a lot of noise in the kitchen"
6: be identical or equivalent to; "One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!" [syn: equal] [ant: differ]
7: form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army" [syn: constitute, represent, make up, comprise]
8: work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher" [syn: follow]
9: represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet" [syn: embody, personify]
10: spend or use time; "I may be an hour"
11: have life, be alive; "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war" [syn: live]
12: to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form; "let her be"
13: be priced at; "These shoes cost $100" [syn: cost]
Adjacent words: bbl | bbs | B.C. | BC | B-complex vitamin | BD | bdellium | Be | be active | be adrift | be after | be all and end all | be amiss | be at pains | be born | be due