are

1
[ ahr; unstressed er ]
/ ɑr; unstressed ər /

verb

present indicative plural and 2nd person singular of be.

Origin of are

1
before 900; Middle English aren, are, arn, Old English (Northumbrian) aron; cognate with Old Norse eru, 3rd person plural See art2

Can be confused

are hour our

Definition for are (2 of 3)

are

2
[ air, ahr ]
/ ɛər, ɑr /

noun

a measure of surface area; 1 are is equal to1/100 (0.01) of a hectare (100 square meters or 119.6 square yards). Abbreviation: a

Origin of are

2
1810–20; < French < Latin ārea. See area

Definition for are (3 of 3)

be

[ bee; unstressed bee, bi ]
/ bi; unstressed bi, bɪ /

verb (used without object), present singular 1st person am, 2nd are or (Archaic) art, 3rd is, present plural are; past singular 1st person was, 2nd were or (Archaic) wast or wert, 3rd was, past plural were; present subjunctive be; past subjunctive singular 1st person were, 2nd were or (Archaic) wert, 3rd were; past subjunctive plural were; past participle been; present participle be·ing.

auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person am, 2nd are or (Archaic) art, 3rd is, present plural are; past singular 1st person was, 2nd were or (Archaic) wast or wert, 3rd was, past plural were; present subjunctive be; past subjunctive singular 1st person were, 2nd were or (Archaic) wert, 3rd were; past subjunctive plural were; past participle been; present participle be·ing.

Origin of be

before 900; Middle English been, Old English bēon (bēo- (akin to Old Frisian, Old High German bim, German bin, Old Saxon bium, biom (I) am, Old English, Old High German, Old Saxon būan, Old Norse būa reside, Latin fuī (I) have been, Greek phy- grow, become, Old Irish boí (he) was, Sanskrit bhávati (he) becomes, is, Lithuanian búti to be, OCS byti, Persian būd was)) + -n infinitive suffix. See am, is, are1, was, were

Can be confused

be bee

Usage note

See me.
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British Dictionary definitions for are (1 of 7)

are

1
/ (ɑː, unstressed ə) /

verb

the plural form of the present tense (indicative mood) of the verb `be' and the singular form used with you

Word Origin for are

Old English aron, second person plural of bēon to be

British Dictionary definitions for are (2 of 7)

are

2
/ (ɑː) /

noun

a unit of area equal to 100 sq metres or 119.599 sq yards; one hundredth of a hectareSymbol: a

Word Origin for are

C19: from French, from Latin ārea piece of level ground; see area

British Dictionary definitions for are (3 of 7)

Be


the chemical symbol for

beryllium

British Dictionary definitions for are (4 of 7)

BE


abbreviation for

bill of exchange
(in the US) Board of Education
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Engineering

British Dictionary definitions for are (5 of 7)


abbreviation for

Baumé

British Dictionary definitions for are (6 of 7)

be

1
/ (biː, unstressed ) /

verb present singular 1st person am; 2nd person are; 3rd person is; present plural are; past singular 1st person was; 2nd person were; 3rd person was; past plural were; present participle being or past participle been (intr)

Word Origin for be

Old English bēon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is

British Dictionary definitions for are (7 of 7)

be

2

the internet domain name for

Belgium
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Medicine definitions for are

Be


The symbol for the elementberyllium
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Science definitions for are

Be


The symbol for beryllium.
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Idioms and Phrases with are

be


In addition to the idioms beginning with be

  • be a credit to
  • be along
  • be big on
  • be bound to
  • be busted
  • bed and board
  • bed and breakfast
  • bed of roses
  • be down
  • bee in one's bonnet
  • been around
  • been had
  • been there, done that
  • been to the wars
  • beginning of the end, the
  • begin to see daylight
  • begin to see the light
  • begin with
  • beg off
  • beg the question
  • beg to differ
  • be had
  • be in on
  • be into
  • bell the cat, who will
  • be my guest
  • bend one's elbow
  • bend over backwards
  • bend someone's ear
  • be off
  • be on
  • be oneself
  • be on to
  • beside oneself
  • beside the point
  • be that as it may
  • be the death of
  • be the end of one
  • be the making of

also see:

  • let be
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