be

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 /biː/

For the verb: "to be"

Simple Past: was, were
Past Participle: been

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Compound Forms/Forme composte
be an indication of essere indice di
be an instant success v (be immediately popular)avere un successo immediato
be angry essere arrabbiato
be annihilated essere distrutto
be apparent essere apparente
be appointed viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be given an official post)essere nominato
be appointed to [sth] v (be selected or given responsibility for [sth])essere incaricato di
be apprised essere informato
be apprised of essere consapevole di
be around viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal (be present or nearby)essere nei paraggi, essere nelle vicinanze, essere in zona, essere vicino vi
 I will be around this area anyway, so I could meet you later, around 6 o'clock-ish.
 Call me if you need me, I'll be around until about six.
be around viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal (approximately; quantity)all'incirca
  circa avv
 It will be around 10pm by the I get back to my home.
be arrogant essere arrogante
be arsed to do [sth] v UK, slang (have inclination or energy to do [sth])avere voglia di
  avere la smania per
be as safe as houses viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." figurative, informal (be very secure)sicuro al massimo
be ashamed vergognarsi v
be ashamed of preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (be deeply embarrassed by)vergognarsi di, vergognarsi per v rif
 The children were ashamed of their father's alcoholism.
 You should be ashamed of yourself for what you did.
be asleep dormire vi
be assimilated into [sth] v (be absorbed or integrated into [sth])essere assimilato in
be assisted by essere affiancato da pp
be associated with vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be connected with, be related to)essere associato con
  essere associato a
 She is not associated with the college so you cannot have her as your advisor.
 For many people, Christmas is associated with gifts and shopping.
be astonished essere sbalordito
be astounded essere stupito
be at a loss viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal (be unable to find response)non sapere che cosa dire
be at a loss viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be unable to find a solution)essere perplesso
  essere in difficoltà
be at ease essere a proprio agio
be at fault v (be to blame, be responsible for [sth])essere nel torto
  essere responsabile
be at home v literal (be in one's own house)essere a casa
be at home v figurative (be comfortable or familiar: with [sth])trovarsi come a casa propria
  sentirsi a casa
be at loggerheads viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be in disagreement or confrontation)essere ai ferri corti
be at risk for [sth] v (have increased chance of [sth] bad)essere a rischio per
be at stake viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be at risk)essere in ballo
be at the bottom of essere al fondo di
be at the helm v literal (steer a ship)essere al timone
be at the helm v figurative (be in control, in charge)controllare vtr
  essere al comando
be at the mercy of vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be entirely dependent on)essere alla mercé di
be at variance v (not be in agreement)essere in disaccordo
be at wit's end v (be upset or frustrated)essere fuori di sé
  essere alla disperazione
be at wit's end v (unable to find a solution)non sapere che cosa fare
be attended by [sth] v (be accompanied by [sth])essere accompagnato da
be attracted by [sth] v (find [sth] appealing)essere attratto da
be attractive essere attraente
be attributed to [sb] viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be ascribed or credited to [sb])essere attribuito a
be available viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be on sale, be in stock)essere disponibile
be aware viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (know, be conscious of [sth])sapere vtr
  essere a conoscenza di
 I'm well aware that you're ready to leave, but would you please be patient?
be away viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be absent)essere via, essere assente, non esserci vi
 While the neighbors are away, I make sure that their house is safe.
be back viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (have returned)tornare, ritornare vi
 I'm back from camp, did you miss me?
be bad at [sth] v (do [sth] poorly or without skill)non essere portato per vi
  essere scarso in vi
be barred viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be banned from entering)non essere ammesso vi
  essere escluso da vi
be based in vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be set or take place in)essere ambientato a vi
  svolgersi, avvenire vi
 The movie is based in Seattle, but sometimes episodes take place in Portland.
be based on ppbasarsi su v rif
be based on essere basato su
be based on riposare su vi
be based on fondarsi su vtr
be based upon vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be founded on)essere basato su, essere fondato su vi
 Some countries have laws based upon state religions.
 Ideally, your decision should be based on sound reasoning.
be based upon vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be adapted from)basarsi su vi
 The movie was based upon a true story.
be bashed about viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." UK (receive rough treatment or handling)maltrattare vtr
  strapazzare vtr
be behind essere dietro
be beholden to vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be morally obligated to)essere grato a vtr
 I won't accept the gift because I don't want to be beholden to her.
 Sono grato a mio zio per avermi aiutato.
be believed essere creduto
be bent in half viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (person: be doubled over)piegarsi in due vrif
be bent in half viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (thing: be folded in two)essere piegato in due vi
be bent on vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be determined: to do [sth])essere deciso a, essere determinato a vi
be besotted by [sb] v (be infatuated with [sb])essere infatuato di vi
be bestowed upon [sb] v (be awarded or given to [sb])conferire a vtr
  elargire vtr
be better than vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be superior to)essere meglio di vi
be beyond all understanding vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be impossible to understand)essere al di là di ogni comprensione vi
 Why Janet stayed with her cheating husband is beyond all understanding.
 Dio è onnipotente e al di là di ogni comprensione.
be big essere grande
be bigger than vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." literal (be larger than)essere più grande di vi
 When he gets older, he will be bigger than his father.
 La casa mia è più grande della tua.
be bigger than vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." figurative (be more important or far-reaching than)essere più grande di, essere più importante di vi
 The Beatles were even bigger than Elvis.
 I Beatles sono stati ancora più importanti di Elvis.
be blind essere cieco
be blind to essere insensibile a
be bored ppannoiarsi v rif
be bored with [sth] v (find [sth] dull or repetitive)essere annoiato da vi
be born viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." literal (come into existence)nascere vi
 Many people are born deaf, but it can also be a result of infection.
 Molte persone nascono sorde, ma questo può anche essere il risultato di un'infezione.
be born viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." figurative (come about)  (figurato)saltar fuori, venir fuori vi
be born into [sth] v (belong to or have [sth] from birth)nascere in vi
be born to [sth] v (have natural affinity or talent for [sth])avere un talento innato vtr
  essere nato per vi
be bothered viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be concerned or troubled by [sth])preoccuparsi per vi
be bothered viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." informal (have the inclination to do [sth])preoccuparsi di vi
  importare, stare a cuore vi
be bound essere legato
be bound to vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." informal (be likely or certain to)essere inevitabile che vi
 He's bound to rob you blind, if you don't watch him.
 Well, that was bound to happen sooner or later.
 Era inevitabile che questo incidente accadesse prima o poi.
  inevitabilmente, di sicuro, sicuramente, senz'altro, senza dubbio avv
 Se lasci le calze in giro, il cane le mangerà di sicuro.
be bound to vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (be committed or obligated to)essere obbligato a, essere tenuto a vi
be bounded by essere legato da
be brief v (speak concisely)essere conciso, essere breve vi
be brief v (be short)essere breve vi
   (informale)farla breve vi
be bright essere vivace/intelligente
be brilliant essere brillante
be brought down essere ridotto/diminuito
be brought on v (be caused or prompted )essere causato da vtr
be brought to life viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." figurative (be enlivened)  (figurato)essere ravvivato, essere rianimato vi
be brought to life viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." literal (be resuscitated)essere riportato in vita, venire resuscitato vi
be busy essere impegnato
be busy   (telefono)essere occupato
be called v (be named)essere chiamato vi
  ricevere un nome vi
be called v (be summoned)essere convocato vi
be called off   (progetto)rientrare vi
be called out viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be challenged)essere sfidato vi
be cancelled   (riunione)saltare vi
be careful viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be cautious or prudent)stare attento, fare attenzione vi
 Be careful to lock the door when you leave.
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