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BE abbreviation 1 Bachelor of Education. 2 Bachelor of Engineering. 3 bill of exchange.

Be symbol, chem beryllium.

be verb (been, being; present tense am, are, is; past tense was, were) intrans 1 to exist or live • I think, therefore I am. 2 to occur or take place • Lunch is in an hour. 3 to occupy a position in space • She is at home. 4 in past tense to go • He's never been to Italy. 5 to remain or continue without change • Let it be. 6 (as a copula) used to link a subject and what is said about it • She is a doctorHe is ill. 7 used with the infinitive form of a verb to express a possibility, command, intention, outcome, etc • if it were to rainWe are to come tomorrowIt was not to be. auxiliary verb 1 used with a past participle to form a passive construction • The film was shown last night. 2 used with a present participle to form the progressive tenses • He was running. be someone to suit them • That hat really isn't her. be that as it may although that may be true. the be-all and end-all the only important issue or overriding aim.
ETYMOLOGY: From Anglo-Saxon beon to live or exist, and Anglo-Saxon weran to be.

be- prefix, signifying 1 all over or all around; thoroughly or completely • besetbefuddlebedeck. 2 considering something or someone as, or causing it or them to be or feel, a specified thing • befriendbelittlebenumb. 3 having, covered with or affected by, a specified thing • bejewelledberibbonedbedevilled. 4 affecting someone or something by a particular action • bereavebetrothbewail.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c, originally meaning 'about': from Anglo-Saxon bi- by.