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Definition 1: a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for be in the sense of this definition

(be is a kind of ...) any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

(... is made of the substance be) the chief source of beryllium; colored transparent varieties are valued as gems

(... is made of the substance be) a rare hard yellow green mineral consisting of beryllium aluminate in crystal form; used as a gemstone

(... is made of the substance be) a mineral that is a source of rare earths; consists of silicates of iron and beryllium and cerium and yttrium and erbium

Definition 2: spend or use time - [verb of possession]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I may be an hour

(be is a kind of ...) require (time or space)

"It took three hours to get to work this morning" "This event occupied a very short time"

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He is a herpetologist
  • She is our resident philosopher

Synonyms for be in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of be ) work as a veterinarian

"She vetted for the farms in the area for many years"

(... is a kind of be ) act as the coxswain, in a boat race

Definition 4: have an existence, be extant - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Is there a God?

Synonyms for be in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of be ) be found or available

"These shoes come in three colors; The furniture comes unassembled"

(... is a kind of be ) be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses

"Values distribute"

(... is a kind of be ) be abundantly present

"The champagne flowed at the wedding"

(... is a kind of be ) pose a threat to; present a danger to

"The pollution is endangering the crops"

(... is a kind of be ) originate (in)

"The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

(... is a kind of be ) be valid, applicable, or true

"This theory still holds"

(... is a kind of be ) to exist as an inner activating spirit, force, or principle

(... is a kind of be ) exist together

(... is a kind of be ) be around; be alive or active

"Does the old man still kick around?"

(... is a kind of be ) exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time

"Did this condition pre-exist?"

(... is a kind of be ) exist or be situated within

"Strange notions inhabited her mind"

Definition 5: have life, be alive - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Our great leader is no more
  • My grandfather lived until the end of war

Synonyms for be in the sense of this definition

(be has a similar meaning as ...) continue to live and avoid dying

"We went without water and food for 3 days" "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America" "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents" "how long can a person last without food and water?" "One crash victim died, the other lived"

Definition 6: form or compose - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for be in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of be ) constitute the essence of

"Clothes make the man"

(... is a kind of be ) form the substance of

"Greed and ambition composed his personality"

(... is a kind of be ) to compose or represent

"This wall forms the background of the stage setting" "The branches made a roof" "This makes a fine introduction"

(... is a kind of be ) range or extend over; occupy a certain area

"The plants straddle the entire state"

(... is a kind of be ) be included in or classified as

"This falls under the rubric `various'"

(... is a kind of be ) introduce

"This poses an interesting question"

(... is a kind of be ) serve as a supplement to

"Vitamins supplemented his meager diet"

Definition 7: have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun) - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • John is rich
  • This is not a good answer

(... is a kind of be ) have a certain outward or facial expression

"How does she look?" "The child looks unhappy" "She looked pale after the surgery"

(... is a kind of be ) feel pain or be in pain

(... is a kind of be ) be healthy; feel good

"She has not been well lately"

(... is a kind of be ) feel unwell or uncomfortable

"She is suffering from the hot weather"

(... is a kind of be ) be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state

"My cold is gone--I feel fine today" "She felt tired after the long hike" "She felt sad after her loss"

(... is a kind of be ) stay the same; remain in a certain state

"The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it" "rest assured" "stay alone" "He remained unmoved by her tears" "The bad weather continued for another week"

(... is a kind of be ) exist over a prolonged period of time

"The bad weather continued for two more weeks"

(... is a kind of be ) be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity

"The musical performance sparkled" "A scintillating conversation" "his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall"

(... is a kind of be ) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

"These questions confuse even the experts" "This question completely threw me" "This question befuddled even the teacher"

(... is a kind of be ) take or have a position relative to others

"This painting ranks among the best in the Western World"

(... is a kind of be ) be positionable in a specified manner

"The gun points with ease"

(... is a kind of be ) have need of

"This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

(... is a kind of be ) have the property of being packable or of compacting easily

"This powder compacts easily" "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"

(... is a kind of be ) not move; be in a resting position

(... is a kind of be ) allow incision or separation

"This bread cuts easily"

(... is a kind of be ) be in an agitated emotional state

"The customer was seething with anger"

(... is a kind of be ) be apathetic, gloomy, or dazed

(... is a kind of be ) give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

"She seems to be sleeping" "This appears to be a very difficult problem" "This project looks fishy" "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"

(... is a kind of be ) seem to be true, probable, or apparent

"It seems that he is very gifted" "It appears that the weather in California is very bad"

(... is a kind of be ) be in debt

"She owes me $200" "I still owe for the car" "The thesis owes much to his adviser"

(... is a kind of be ) be owned by; be in the possession of

"This book belongs to me"

(... is a kind of be ) be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of

"Is this enough to cover the check?"

(... is a kind of be ) be representative or typical for

"This period is represented by Beethoven"

(... is a kind of be ) be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something

"Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam"

(... is a kind of be ) be contrary to ordinary procedure or limitations

"Opinions on bombing the Serbs cut across party lines"

(... is a kind of be ) have a beginning characterized in some specified way

"The novel begins with a murder" "My property begins with the three maple trees" "Her day begins with a workout" "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony"

(... is a kind of be ) have a beginning, of a temporal event

"WW II began in 1939 when Hitler marched into Poland" "The company's Asia tour begins next month"

(... is a kind of be ) be in some specified state or condition

"I stand corrected"

(... is a kind of be ) determine the essential quality of

(... is a kind of be ) be or continue to be in a certain condition

"The children went hungry that day"

(... is a kind of be ) be reasonable or logical or comprehensible

(... is a kind of be ) be composed of

"The land he conquered comprised several provinces" "What does this dish consist of?"

(... is a kind of be ) be shown or be found to be

"She proved to be right" "The medicine turned out to save her life" "She turned up HIV positive"

(... is a kind of be ) be the reason or explanation for

"The recession accounts for the slow retail business"

(... is a kind of be ) be left; of persons, questions, problems, results, evidence, etc.

"There remains the question of who pulled the trigger" "Carter remains the only President in recent history under whose Presidency the U.S. did not fight a war"

(... is a kind of be ) be loyal to

"She stood by her husband in times of trouble" "The friends stuck together through the war"

(... is a kind of be ) be about

"The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square" "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"

(... is a kind of be ) add up in number or quantity

"The bills amounted to $2,000" "The bill came to $2,000"

(... is a kind of be ) have weight; have import, carry weight

"It does not matter much"

(... is a kind of be ) be worthy of or have a certain rating

"This bond rates highly"

(... is a kind of be ) be worthy or deserving

"You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"

(... is a kind of be ) be worth or be capable of buying

"This sum will buy you a ride on the train"

(... is a kind of be ) be clear and obvious

"A shining example"

(... is a kind of be ) be due

"payments fall on the 1st of the month"

(... is a kind of be ) be contingent upon (something that is elided)

"That depends"

(... is a kind of be ) be or form the base for

(... is a kind of be ) be appropriate or necessary

"It behooves us to reflect on this matter"

(... is a kind of be ) be extremely bad in quality or in one's performance

"This term paper stinks!"

(... is a kind of be ) be inadequate or objectionable

"this sucks!" "this blows!"

(... is a kind of be ) be opposite to; of angles and sides, in geometry

(... is a kind of be ) represent in bodily form

"He embodies all that is evil wrong with the system" "The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist"

(... is a kind of be ) be capable of holding or containing

"This box won't take all the items" "The flask holds one gallon"

(... is a kind of be ) be priced at

"These shoes cost $100"

(... is a kind of be ) have certain dimensions

"This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches"

(... is a kind of be ) be noisy with activity

"This office is buzzing with activity"

(... is a kind of be ) be abundant or plentiful; exist in large quantities

(... is a kind of be ) be different from one another

(... is a kind of be ) be wide open

"the deep gaping canyon"

(... is a kind of be ) have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

"She tends to be nervous before her lectures" "These dresses run small" "He inclined to corpulence"

(... is a kind of be ) have a particular form

"the story or argument runs as follows" "as the saying goes..."

(... is a kind of be ) be or play a part of or in

"Elections figure prominently in every government program" "How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?"

(... is a kind of be ) be urgent

"This is a pressing problem"

(... is a kind of be ) be violent; as of fires and storms

(... is a kind of be ) be in a relationship with

"How are these two observations related?"

(... is a kind of be ) be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals

(... is a kind of be ) cease to flow; stand without moving

"Stagnating waters" "blood stagnates in the capillaries"

(... is a kind of be ) stand still

"Industry will stagnate if we do not stimulate our economy"

(... is a kind of be ) be useful for a certain purpose

(... is a kind of be ) be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide

"The building squatted low"

(... is a kind of be ) bring bad luck; be a source of misfortune

(... is a kind of be ) be imminent or about to happen

"Changes are impending"

(... is a kind of be ) change or be different within limits

"Estimates for the losses in the earthquake range as high as $2 billion" "Interest rates run from 5 to 10 percent" "The instruments ranged from tuba to cymbals" "My students range from very bright to dull"

(... is a kind of be ) continue in a place, position, or situation

"After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser" "Stay with me, please" "despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year" "She continued as deputy mayor for another year"

(... is a kind of be ) be sold at a certain price or in a certain way

"These books sell like hot cakes"

(... is a kind of be ) be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way

"poetry often does not translate" "Tolstoy's novels translate well into English"

(... is a kind of be ) be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel

"This student heads the class"

(... is a kind of be ) be subject to or the object of

"The governor came in for a lot of criticism"

(... is a kind of be ) be comparable

"This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"

(... is a kind of be ) come under, be classified or included

"fall into a category" "This comes under a new heading"

(... is a kind of be ) be beset by

"The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"

(... is a kind of be ) be attracted to

"Boys gravitate towards girls at that age"

(... is a kind of be ) be worth it

"It pays to go through the trouble"

(... is a kind of be ) have no limits as a mathematical series

(... is a kind of be ) be distinguished or eminent

"His talent shines"

(... is a kind of be ) be iridescent

"The corals iridesced under the surface of the clear water"

(... is a kind of be ) be and remain in a particular state or condition

"lie dormant"

(... is a kind of be ) occupy a place or location, also metaphorically

"We stand on common ground"

(... is a kind of be ) be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive

"This worry hangs on my mind" "The cloud of suspicion hangs over her"

(... is a kind of be ) strew

"Cigar butts littered the ground"

(... is a kind of be ) be agreeable or acceptable

"This time suits me"

(... is a kind of be ) be the end of; be the last or concluding part of

"This sad scene ended the movie"

(... is a kind of be ) conform to some shape or size

"How does this shirt fit?"

(... is a kind of be ) have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to

"This story would lend itself well to serialization on television" "The current system lends itself to great abuse"

(... is a kind of be ) be relaxed

"Don't be so worried all the time--just let go!"

(... is a kind of be ) be rightly classified in a class or category

"The whales belong among the mammals"

(... is a kind of be ) be suitable or acceptable

"This student somehow doesn't belong"

(... is a kind of be ) extend in curves and turns

"The road winds around the lake" "the path twisted through the forest"

(... is a kind of be ) be all mixed up or jumbled together

"His words jumbled"

(... is a kind of be ) give grounds for expectations

"The new results were promising" "The results promised fame and glory"

(... is a kind of be ) be designed to hold or take

"This surface will not take the dye"

(... is a kind of be ) be cleanable

"This stove cleans easily"

(... is a kind of be ) allow a draft

"This chimney draws very well"

(... is a kind of be ) be capable of being washed

"Does this material wash?"

(... is a kind of be ) be in equilibrium

"He was balancing on one foot"

(... is a kind of be ) be a native of

"She hails from Kalamazoo"

(... is a kind of be ) be suitable for theatrical performance

"This scene acts well"

(... is a kind of be ) show a certain characteristic when tested

"He tested positive for HIV"

(... is a kind of be ) appear to exist

"There seems no reason to go ahead with the project now"

(... is a kind of be ) be liable or accountable

"She must answer for her actions"

(... is a kind of be ) be superior

"Reading beats watching television" "This sure beats work!"

(... is a kind of be ) have as a major characteristic

"The novel holds many surprises" "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

(... is a kind of be ) have a certain value or carry a certain weight

"each answer counts as three points"

(... is a kind of be ) be divisible by

"24 contains 6"

(... is a kind of be ) be scheduled so as to provide continuing service, as in transportation

"The local train does not connect with the Amtrak train" "The planes don't connect and you will have to wait for four hours"

(... is a kind of be ) be responsible for the sale of

"All her publicity sold the products"

(... is a kind of be ) be approved of or gain acceptance

"The new idea sold well in certain circles"

(... is a kind of be ) be fatal

"cigarettes kill" "drunken driving kills"

(... is a kind of be ) be suitable for

"Wood makes good furniture"

(... is a kind of be ) be beautiful to look at

"Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"

(... is a kind of be ) have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in

"The payment consists in food" "What does love consist in?"

(... is a kind of be ) behave in a certain way when handled

"This dough does not work easily" "The soft metal works well"

(... is a kind of be ) have lubricating properties

"the liquid in this can lubricates well"

(... is a kind of be ) allow the passage of air through

"Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear"

(... is a kind of be ) be in equilibrium during a flight

"The airplane trimmed"

(... is a kind of be ) have a certain musical rhythm

"The music has to swing"

(... is a kind of be ) be intermediate between two taxonomic groups

"These species osculate"

(... is a kind of be ) be delayed

(... is a kind of be ) be transplantable

"These delicate plants do not transplant easily"

(... is a kind of be ) have internal elements or parts logically connected so that aesthetic consistency results

"the principles by which societies cohere"

(... is a kind of be ) be averse to or express disapproval of

"My wife objects to modern furniture"

(... is a kind of be ) be or become fixed

"The door sticks--we will have to plane it"

(... is a kind of be ) exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)

(... is a kind of be ) be mathematically distributive

(... is a kind of be ) be sexually active

"She is supposed to put out"

(... is a kind of be ) be very hot, due to hot weather or exposure to the sun

"The town was broiling in the sun" "the tourists were baking in the heat"

(... is a kind of be ) be covered with or submerged in a liquid

"the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy"

(... is a kind of be ) be dizzy or giddy

"my brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne"

(... is a kind of be ) be a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. (of a group, organization, or place)

"They belong to the same political party"

Definition 8: happen, occur, take place - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Definition 9: occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Where is my umbrella?
  • The toolshed is in the back
  • What is behind this behavior?

(... is a kind of be ) occupy a large, elongated area

"The park stretched beneath the train line"

(... is a kind of be ) be located or situated somewhere

"The White House sits on Pennsylvania Avenue"

(... is a kind of be ) be around, often idly or without specific purpose

"The object sat in the corner" "We sat around chatting for another hour"

(... is a kind of be ) be opposite

"the facing page" "the two sofas face each other"

(... is a kind of be ) sit or stand astride of

(... is a kind of be ) be next

"Mary plays best, with John and Sue following"

(... is a kind of be ) have as a center

"The region centers on Charleston"

(... is a kind of be ) have a place in relation to something else

"The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West" "The responsibility rests with the Allies"

(... is a kind of be ) be in the right place or situation

"Where do these books belong?" "Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government" "Where do these books go?"

(... is a kind of be ) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

(... is a kind of be ) reach outward in space

"The awning extends several feet over the sidewalk"

(... is a kind of be ) span an interval of distance, space or time

"The war extended over five years" "The period covered the turn of the century" "My land extends over the hills on the horizon" "This farm covers some 200 acres" "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"

(... is a kind of be ) be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.

"She attends class regularly" "I rarely attend services at my church" "did you go to the meeting?"

(... is a kind of be ) occupy the whole of

"The liquid fills the container"

(... is a kind of be ) be an inhabitant of or reside in

"People lived in Africa millions of years ago" "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted" "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean" "deer are populating the woods"

(... is a kind of be ) be present in

"sweet memories inhabit this house"

(... is a kind of be ) stay clear of, avoid

"Keep your hands off my wife!" "Keep your distance from this man--he is dangerous"

(... is a kind of be ) to extend as far as

"The sunlight reached the wall" "Can he reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall"

(... is a kind of be ) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

"Service runs all the way to Cranbury" "His knowledge doesn't go very far" "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life" "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"

(... is a kind of be ) lead, extend, or afford access

"This door goes to the basement" "The road runs South"

(... is a kind of be ) exist or occur in a certain point in a series

"Next came the student from France"

Definition 10: be identical to; be someone or something - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The president of the company is John Smith
  • This is my house

Definition 11: be identical or equivalent to - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!

Synonyms for be in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of be ) be equivalent or parallel, in mathematics

(... is a kind of be ) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

"The two stories don't agree in many details" "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check" "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

(... is a kind of be ) take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to

"Because of the sound changes in the course of history, an `h' in Greek stands for an `s' in Latin"

(... is a kind of be ) be equivalent in effect

"the growth in income translates into greater purchasing power"

Definition 12: represent, as of a character on stage - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Derek Jacobi was Hamlet

Synonyms for be in the sense of this definition

(be is a kind of ...) express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

"What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"

(... is a kind of be ) invest with or as with a body; give body to

(... is a kind of be ) be characteristic of

"This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue"

Definition 13: be priced at - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These shoes cost $100

Synonyms for be in the sense of this definition

(be is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of be ) cost a certain amount

"My daughter's wedding set me back $20,000"

Definition 14: to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form - [verb of stative]

Samples where be or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • let her be

(be is a kind of ...) stay the same; remain in a certain state

"The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it" "rest assured" "stay alone" "He remained unmoved by her tears" "The bad weather continued for another week"

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