1) v. - The first and third persons singular of the verb be, in the indicative mood, preterit (imperfect) tense; as, I was; he was.
2) v. i. - 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) v. i. - To take place; to happen; as, the meeting was on Thursday.
4) v. i. - To signify; to represent or symbolize; to answer to.
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