Can You Ace This Quiz About “Compliment” vs. “Complement”?
Take this quiz to see if you really know the difference between “compliment” and “complement"!
Question 1 of 11
“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
Idioms for is
as is. as1(def 23).
Origin of is
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch is, Old Norse es, er, German, Gothic ist, Latin est, Greek estí, OCS jestĭ, Sanskrit asti
Words nearby is
Definition for is (2 of 8)
Islamic State. See ISIS.
Definition for is (3 of 8)
[ ahy ]
/ aɪ /
noun, plural I's or Is, i's or is.
the ninth letter of the English alphabet, a vowel.
any spoken sound represented by the letter I or i, as in big, nice, or ski.
something having the shape of an I.
a written or printed representation of the letter I or i.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter I ori.
Definition for is (4 of 8)
[ 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.
to exist or live: Shakespeare's “To be or not to be” is the ultimate question.
to take place; happen; occur: The wedding was last week.
to occupy a place or position: The book is on the table.
to continue or remain as before: Let things be.
to belong; attend; befall: May good fortune be with you.
(used as a copula to connect the subject with its predicate adjective, or predicate nominative, in order to describe, identify, or amplify the subject): Martha is tall. John is president. This is she.
(used as a copula to introduce or form interrogative or imperative sentences): Is that right? Be quiet! Don't be facetious.
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.
(used with the present participle of another verb to form the progressive tense): I am waiting.
(used with the present participle or infinitive of the principal verb to indicate future action): She is visiting there next week. He is to see me today.
(used with the past participle of another verb to form the passive voice): The date was fixed. It must be done.
(used in archaic or literary constructions with some intransitive verbs to form the perfect tense): He is come. Agamemnon to the wars is gone.
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
usage note for be
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bebe bee
Definition for is (5 of 8)
[ ahy ]
/ aɪ /
pronoun, nominative I, possessive my or mine, objective me; plural nominative we, possessive our or ours, objective us.
the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.
noun, plural I's.
(used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular).
Metaphysics. the ego.
Origin of I
before 900; Middle English ik, ich, i; Old English ic, ih; cognate with German ich, Old Norse ek, Latin ego, Greek egṓ, OCS azŭ, Lithuanian aš, Sanskrit ahám
usage note for I
Definition for is (6 of 8)
variant of iso- before a vowel: isallobar.
Definition for is (7 of 8)
Definition for is (8 of 8)
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British Dictionary definitions for is (1 of 14)
/ (ɪz) /
(used with he, she, it, and with singular nouns) a form of the present tense (indicative mood) of be 1
Word Origin for is
Old English; compare Old Norse es, German ist, Latin est, Greek esti
British Dictionary definitions for is (2 of 14)
the internet domain name for
British Dictionary definitions for is (3 of 14)
Iceland (international car registration)
Word Origin for IS
British Dictionary definitions for is (4 of 14)
the chemical symbol for
British Dictionary definitions for is (5 of 14)
bill of exchange
(in the US) Board of Education
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Engineering
British Dictionary definitions for is (6 of 14)
British Dictionary definitions for is (7 of 14)
/ (aɪ) /
noun plural i's, I's or Is
the ninth letter and third vowel of the modern English alphabet
any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in bite or hit
- something shaped like an I
- (in combination)an I-beam
dot the i's and cross the t's to pay meticulous attention to detail
British Dictionary definitions for is (8 of 14)
the imaginary number √–1Also called: j
British Dictionary definitions for is (9 of 14)
variant of iso- isentropic
British Dictionary definitions for is (10 of 14)
Also: Isa Bible Isaiah
Island(s) or Isle(s)
British Dictionary definitions for is (11 of 14)
/ (biː, unstressed bɪ) /
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)
to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; liveI think, therefore I am; not all that is can be understood
(used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only) to pay a visit; gohave you been to Spain?
to take place; occurmy birthday was last Thursday
(copula) used as a linking verb between the subject of a sentence and its noun or adjective complement or complementing phrase. In this case be expresses the relationship of either essential or incidental equivalence or identity (John is a man; John is a musician) or specifies an essential or incidental attribute (honey is sweet; Susan is angry). It is also used with an adverbial complement to indicate a relationship of location in space or time (Bill is at the office; the dance is on Saturday)
(takes a present participle) forms the progressive present tensethe man is running
(takes a past participle) forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive onesa good film is being shown on television tonight; I am done
(takes an infinitive) expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligationthe president is to arrive at 9.30; you are not to leave before I say so
(takes a past participle) forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or comethe last train is gone
be that as it may the facts concerning (something) are of no importance
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 is (12 of 14)
the internet domain name for
British Dictionary definitions for is (13 of 14)
/ (aɪ) /
(subjective) refers to the speaker or writer
Word Origin for I
C12: reduced form of Old English ic; compare Old Saxon ik, Old High German ih, Sanskrit ahám
British Dictionary definitions for is (14 of 14)
Italy (international car registration)
Word Origin for I
(for sense 4) from Latin (aff) i (rmo) I affirm
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Medical definitions for is (1 of 3)
The symbol for the elementiodine
i The symbol forcurrent
Medical definitions for is (2 of 3)
Medical definitions for is (3 of 3)
The symbol for the elementberyllium
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Scientific definitions for is (1 of 3)
[ ī ]
The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.
Scientific definitions for is (2 of 3)
The symbol for electric current.
The symbol for iodine.
Scientific definitions for is (3 of 3)
The symbol for beryllium.
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Idioms and Phrases with is (1 of 2)
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
- let be
Idioms and Phrases with is (2 of 2)
see dot the i's and cross the t's.
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