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  • verbexist
  • verbhappen

synonyms for be

  • abide
  • act
  • breathe
  • continue
  • do
  • endure
  • hold
  • inhabit
  • last
  • live
  • move
  • obtain
  • persist
  • prevail
  • remain
  • rest
  • stand
  • stay
  • subsist
  • survive
  • be alive
  • go on
  • have being
  • have place
See also synonyms for: am / are / been / being / is / was / were

antonyms for be

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  • cease
  • depart
  • die
  • discontinue
  • forsake
  • give up
  • go
  • halt
  • idle
  • leave
  • lose
  • pass
  • quit
  • refuse
  • reject
  • stop
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    How to use be in a sentence

    "Buy something for your wife that-is-to-be," he said to his grand-nephew, as he handed him the folded paper.
    THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
    Everything showed a rapid flight; even the would-be dinner of the guerrillas was found half cooked.
    THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
    Next night at dinner I proposed Sir Alister's health, and we all drank to him and his "bride-to-be."
    UNCANNY TALESVARIOUS
    While a one-step was in full swing some would-be wag suddenly turned off all the lights.
    UNCANNY TALESVARIOUS
    And hand-painting it allus seemed to me, is really elocution in oils; for a be-yutiful picture is a silent talker.
    THE SOLDIER OF THE VALLEYNELSON LLOYD
    The fun, when the school broke up for the term, was of the never-to-be-forgotten variety.
    THE MYSTERY AT PUTNAM HALLARTHUR M. WINFIELD
    He is a stranger to affectation—that dangerous rock to the would-be wit; he is natural, and is witty without trying to be a wit.
    FRIEND MAC DONALDMAX O'RELL
    And if he ever saw one, his corpse-to-be was a methodical little piece of humanity.
    HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
    He flattered himself that by timely suggestion he had stumped at least half a dozen would-be candidates for Mildreds hand.
    THE FIFTH STRING  JOHN PHILIP SOUSA
    "This is the blankest, rummiest blank go ever I was in," muttered the would-be iconoclast.
    THE CHEQUERSJAMES RUNCIMAN
    SYNONYM OF THE DAY
    OCTOBER 26, 1985
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    WORDS RELATED TO BE

    • abide
    • be
    • be contained in
    • be expressed by
    • be found in
    • dwell
    • inhere
    • lie
    • repose
    • rest
    • subsist
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