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 History of this Word

"be" ("about, near, by") spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this prefix,
belabor
bedazzle

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"be-" is a type of prefix

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Meaning 1

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "completely" or "intensely" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

be- illustration The times when we were becalmed were perhaps even more unpleasant than when the wind paid us an over-amount of attention.
be- illustration He bemoaned the failure of member states to address the threat.