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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
been...good to
▪ The company’s always been very good to me.
have been to (=have travelled to)
▪ I have been to Germany several times.
Have you ever been to (=have you ever travelled to)
Have you ever been to Japan?
It has been suggested that
It has been suggested that the manager will resign if any more players are sold.
it’s been a long...haul
▪ At last we’ve won our freedom but it’s been a long bitter haul.
sb/sth has never been known to do sth (=used to say that something is strange because it has never happened before)
▪ Max had never been known to leave home without telling anyone.
the groundwork has...been done
▪ Much of the groundwork has already been done.
there has been a misunderstanding
▪ There’s been a misunderstanding about what I meant.
(it's been) nice meeting/talking to you
have been around
▪ I've been around the block a few times, and I think I know when someone's trying to cheat me.
▪ When you've been around as long as I have you realize some things aren't worth getting upset about.
▪ Armies are the main conventional weapon and have been around for over five millennia in various forms.
▪ Demos have been around as long as computer games.
▪ Most of them have been around a lot longer.
▪ Neural networks used for robotics and control applications have been around for a relatively long time.
▪ Some have been around a long time, others are of more recent origins.
▪ The usual suspects are labor unions, which have been around for a century.
▪ They have been around, practically unchanged, for at least 200 million years.
▪ Though I must have been around just at that time, I think.
justice has been done/served
▪ He can continue to appeal, or go to some other level, until he feels justice has been done.
▪ He has successfully persuaded the crowd that justice has been done.
▪ Mr Townsend says he feels justice has been done.
▪ Mrs Alliss' solicitor says justice has been done.
look as if you've been dragged through a hedge backwards
sb has been had
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Be \Be\ (b[=e]), v. i. [imp. Was (w[o^]z); p. p. Been (b[i^]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Being.] [OE. been, beon, AS. be['o]n to be, be['o]m I am; akin to OHG. bim, pim, G. bin, I am, Gael. & Ir. bu was, W. bod to be, Lith. bu-ti, O. Slav. by-ti, to be, L. fu-i I have been, fu-turus about to be, fo-re to be about to be, and perh. to fieri to become, Gr. fy^nai to be born, to be, Skr. bh[=u] to be. This verb is defective, and the parts lacking are supplied by verbs from other roots, is, was, which have no radical connection with be. The various forms, am, are, is, was, were, etc., are considered grammatically as parts of the verb ``to be'', which, with its conjugational forms, is often called the substantive verb. [root]97. Cf. Future, Physic.]

  1. To exist actually, or in the world of fact; to have existence.

    To be contents his natural desire.

    To be, or not to be: that is the question.

  2. To exist in a certain manner or relation, -- whether as a reality or as a product of thought; to exist as the subject of a certain predicate, that is, as having a certain attribute, or as belonging to a certain sort, or as identical with what is specified, -- a word or words for the predicate being annexed; as, to be happy; to be here; to be large, or strong; to be an animal; to be a hero; to be a nonentity; three and two are five; annihilation is the cessation of existence; that is the man.

  3. To take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday.

  4. To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to.

    The field is the world.
    --Matt. xiii. 38.

    The seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
    --Rev. i. 20.

    Note: The verb to be (including the forms is, was, etc.) is used in forming the passive voice of other verbs; as, John has been struck by James. It is also used with the past participle of many intransitive verbs to express a state of the subject. But have is now more commonly used as the auxiliary, though expressing a different sense; as, ``Ye have come too late -- but ye are come. '' ``The minstrel boy to the war is gone.'' The present and imperfect tenses form, with the infinitive, a particular future tense, which expresses necessity, duty, or purpose; as, government is to be supported; we are to pay our just debts; the deed is to be signed to-morrow.

    Note: Have or had been, followed by to, implies movement. ``I have been to Paris.''
    --Sydney Smith. ``Have you been to Franchard ?''
    --R. L. Stevenson.

    Note: Been, or ben, was anciently the the indicative present. ``Ye ben light of the world.''
    --Wyclif, Matt. v. 14. Afterwards be was used, as in our Bible: ``They that be with us are more than they that be with them.''
    --2 Kings vi. 16. Ben was also the old infinitive: ``To ben of such power.''
    --R. of Gloucester. Be is used as a form of the present subjunctive: ``But if it be a question of words and names.''
    --Acts xviii. 1

  5. But the indicative forms, is and are, with if, are more commonly used.

    Be it so, a phrase of supposition, equivalent to suppose it to be so; or of permission, signifying let it be so.

    If so be, in case.

    To be from, to have come from; as, from what place are you? I am from Chicago.

    To let be, to omit, or leave untouched; to let alone. ``Let be, therefore, my vengeance to dissuade.''

    Syn: To be, Exist.

    Usage: The verb to be, except in a few rare cases, like that of Shakespeare's ``To be, or not to be'', is used simply as a copula, to connect a subject with its predicate; as, man is mortal; the soul is immortal. The verb to exist is never properly used as a mere copula, but points to things that stand forth, or have a substantive being; as, when the soul is freed from all corporeal alliance, then it truly exists. It is not, therefore, properly synonymous with to be when used as a copula, though occasionally made so by some writers for the sake of variety; as in the phrase ``there exists [is] no reason for laying new taxes.'' We may, indeed, say, ``a friendship has long existed between them,'' instead of saying, ``there has long been a friendship between them;'' but in this case, exist is not a mere copula. It is used in its appropriate sense to mark the friendship as having been long in existence.


Been \Been\ [OE. beon, ben, bin, p. p. of been, beon, to be. See Be.] The past participle of Be. In old authors it is also the pr. tense plural of Be. See 1st Bee.

Assembled been a senate grave and stout.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past participle of be. Dismissive slang phrase been there, done that attested from 1994 (been there "had the experience," usually of something disreputable, is from 1880s).


Etymology 1 alt. 1 (past participle of be English) 2 (context obsolete English) were vb. 1 (past participle of be English) 2 (context obsolete English) were Etymology 2

n. (context UK dialectal English) (plural of bee English)

  1. v. 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]

  14. [also: were, was, is, been, are, am]


See be


Been may refer to:

  • To be
  • Have been
  • Been (surname)
  • Pungi or been, an Indian wind instrument
  • Rudra veena or been, a string instrument
Been (surname)

Been is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Dick Been (1914–1978), Dutch footballer
  • Harry Been (born 1949), Dutch football official
  • Mario Been (born 1963), Dutch footballer and manager
  • Michael Been (1950–2010), American musician
  • Robert Levon Been (born 1978), American musician
  • Saneita Been (born 1986), Turks and Caicos Islands beauty pageant winner

Usage examples of "been".

No argument for the divine authority of Christianity has been urged with greater force, or traced with higher eloquence, than that deduced from its primary development, explicable on no other hypothesis than a heavenly origin, and from its rapid extension through great part of the Roman empire.

Christian benevolencethe tranquil heroism of endurance, the blameless purity, the contempt of guilty fame and of honors destructive to the human race, which, had they assumed the proud name of philosophy, would have been blazoned in his brightest words, because they own religion as their principlesink into narrow asceticism.

It may be no unsalutary lesson to the Christian world, that this silent, this unavoidable, perhaps, yet fatal change shall have been drawn by an impartial, or even an hostile hand.

Many of his observations have been found as applicable to the work of Gibbon as to that of Le Beau.

In this new edition, the text and the notes have been carefully revised, the latter by the editor.

Some additional notes have been subjoined, distinguished by the signature M.

The most patient Reader, who computes that three ponderous volumes have been already employed on the events of four centuries, may, perhaps, be alarmed at the long prospect of nine hundred years.

Instead of exposing his person and his legions to the arrows of the Parthians, he obtained, by an honorable treaty, the restitution of the standards and prisoners which had been taken in the defeat of Crassus.

The military strength, which it had been sufficient for Hadrian and the elder Antoninus to display, was exerted against the Parthians and the Germans by the emperor Marcus.

It had been occupied by a powerful colony of Gauls, who, settling themselves along the banks of the Po, from Piedmont to Romagna, carried their arms and diffused their name from the Alps to the Apennine.

Crete, or Candia, with Cyprus, and most of the smaller islands of Greece and Asia, have been subdued by the Turkish arms, whilst the little rock of Malta defies their power, and has emerged, under the government of its military Order, into fame and opulence.

We may be well assured that a writer, conversant with the world, would never have ventured to expose the gods of his country to public ridicule, had they not already been the objects of secret contempt among the polished and enlightened orders of society.

Till the privileges of Romans had been progressively extended to all the inhabitants of the empire, an important distinction was preserved between Italy and the provinces.

Had she always confined the distinction of Romans to the ancient families within the walls of the city, that immortal name would have been deprived of some of its noblest ornaments.

Hadrian, it was disputed which was the preferable condition, of those societies which had issued from, or those which had been received into, the bosom of Rome.