been
Pronunciation
  • (America, RP) IPA: /bɪn/
  • (America, particularly common in the Great Lakes, Midwest) IPA: /bɛn/
  • (RP) IPA: /biːn/
  • (unstressed) IPA: /bɨn/, /bɪ̈n/

Verb
  1. past participle of be#English|be
  2. (obsolete) plural simple present of be#English|be
    • 1584, George Peele, The Arraignment of Paris, I, ii
      My love is fair, my love is gay,
      As fresh as been the flowers in May;
    • circa 1608 William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, II
      Where when men been, there's seldom ease;
    • 1641, Ben Jonson, The Sad Shepherd, I, iii
      O Friar, those are faults that are not seen,
      Ours open, and of worse example been.
  3. (Southern US) infinitive of be#English|be

Noun
  1. (UK dialectal) plural form of bee



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