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Definition of Been:

  1. of Be
  2. The past participle of Be. In old authors it is also the pr. tense plural of Be. See 1st Bee.


begun, arisen, bitten, bestridden, bidden, blown, befallen, begotten, borne.

Usage examples:

  • So home and found that Will had been with my wife.

    - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
  • It would have been quite as well.

    - "A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia", Amanda Minnie Douglas.
  • He may have been, but he did not look so.

    - "A Day Of Fate", E. P. Roe.