Share this entry

British English: /biː/
American English: /bi/

Translation of be in Arabic:

intransitive verb/فعل غير متعد present participle/اسم الفاعل being past tense (1st & 3rd pers sing) was or (other subjects) were past participle/اسم المفعول been

  • 1 (in statements)
    (Form I) (stem vowel = u)
    they are good students
    هُمْ طُلاّبٌ جَيِّدونَ
    it's me
    هذا أنا
    it's them
    إنَّهُمْ هُنا
    I preferred it as it was
    أُفَضِّلُها بالشَكْلِ الّذي كانَتْ عَلَيْهِ
  • 2 (stating probability) See examples: if he's coming, I won't go
    إذا كانَ قادِماً، فَلَنْ أَذْهَبَ
    if Henry were here, everything would be all right
    لو كانَ هِنْري هُنا، لَكانَ كُلُّ شَيْءٍ على ما يُرامُ
    if I were you, I'd see a doctor
    لو كُنْتُ مَكانَكَ، لَزُرْتُ طَبيباً
    had it not been for Frank, I'd have missed the train
    لَوْلا فْرانْك، لَتَأَخَّرْتُ عن القِطارِ
  • 3 [formal] (phrases) See examples: so be it
    be that as it may …
    وَمَهْما يَكُنْ من أَمْرٍ …
    let or leave him be
    اُتْرُكْهُ وَشَأْنَهُ
    to be or not to be
    أَكونُ أو لا أَكونُ

Definition of be in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get access to Oxford Dictionaries Arabic

Subscribe to search hundreds of thousands of up-to-date translations from and into English


    Next Score:
    Word of the day رِخْويّ
    Pronunciation: riḵwiyy
    soft, pulpy, pappy