from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. Past participle of be.
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- v. Past participle of be
- v. were
- n. Plural form of bee.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The past participle of be. In old authors it is also the pr. tense plural of be. See 1st bee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Past participle, and obsolete present plural and infinitive, of be.
- n. Obsolete plural of bee
- See bein.
- n. A fretted stringed instrument of music of the guitar kind, having nineteen frets, used in India.
- n. See vina.
We are here to speak of the thousands of women who� have been destroyed through war, who have been� raped, battered and butchered.
Not only has the slave territory been nearly doubled in the present century; but by a recent decision of the Supreme Court, every law which _has been_ passed by Congress restricting slavery, is pronounced contrary to the constitution, and therefore invalid.
We can say, I _have_ been, I _had_ been; but what sort of a tense is, _had have been_?
(Substitute _have been seeing_ for _have been_ in the future perfect indicative of _to be_.)
(Substitute _have been seen_ for _have been_ in the future perfect indicative of _to be_.)
Compounds of more than two words may be analyzed thus: +May have been written+ is composed of the compound auxiliary +may have been+ and the participle +written; may have been+ is composed of the compound auxiliary
The soldiers of July, who, in his opinion, could have been overcome by one-third their number of British regulars, were in September perhaps as fine a body of men in all respects of physique as had ever been assembled by any power in the world.
If the smallest and least of the countries of Asia has been able to do this, it is because she has _been let alone_, -- not conquered, exploited, nor drugged.
I have been a man, a husband, and a father; that is, I have _been_ a father!
This being the case, no amount of clamor from game dealers and their allies ever should induce any state legislature to provide for the sale of any of those species _until it has been fully demonstrated_ that they _have been_ and _can be_ bred in captivity in large numbers.