are, ar

(noun) a unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters



(verb) spend or use time; “I may be an hour”

be, follow

(verb) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; “He is a herpetologist”; “She is our resident philosopher”

exist, be

(verb) have an existence, be extant; “Is there a God?”


(verb) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); “John is rich”; “This is not a good answer”

be, live

(verb) have life, be alive; “Our great leader is no more”; “My grandfather lived until the end of war”


(verb) be identical to; be someone or something; “The president of the company is John Smith”; “This is my house”

constitute, represent, make up, comprise, be

(verb) form or compose; “This money is my only income”; “The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance”; “These constitute my entire belonging”; “The children made up the chorus”; “This sum represents my entire income for a year”; “These few men comprise his entire army”


(verb) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; “Where is my umbrella?”; “The toolshed is in the back”; “What is behind this behavior?”

equal, be

(verb) be identical or equivalent to; “One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!”

embody, be, personify

(verb) represent, as of a character on stage; “Derek Jacobi was Hamlet”

cost, be

(verb) be priced at; “These shoes cost $100”


(verb) happen, occur, take place; “I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents’ house”; “There were two hundred people at his funeral”; “There was a lot of noise in the kitchen”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1



second-person singular simple present of be

first-person plural simple present of be

second-person plural simple present of be

third-person plural simple present of be

(East Yorkshire, Midlands) present of be


• (second-person singular): (archaic) art (used with thou)

Usage notes

• The pronunciation /aʊɚ/ arising from confusion of "are" and "our" is rare, however it results as the latter can be elided into /ɑɹ/ in quick speech.

Etymology 2


are (plural ares)

(rare) An accepted (but deprecated and rarely used) SI unit of area equal to 100 square metres, or a former unit of approximately the same extent. Symbol: a.

Usage notes

Are is now rarely used except in its derivative hectare.


• (SI unit): (rare) square decametre


• 'ear, Aer, EAR, ERA, REA, Rae, Rea, aer-, aër-, ear, era, rea


ARE (plural AREs)

Initialism of advance reader’s edition.


• 'ear, Aer, EAR, ERA, REA, Rae, Rea, aer-, aër-, ear, era, rea

Source: Wiktionary

Are. Etym: [AS. (Northumbrian) aron, akin to the 1st pers. pl. forms, Icel. erum, Goth. sijum, L. sumus, Gr. smas; all from a root as. Am and Is, and cf. Be.]

Definition: The present indicative plural of the substantive verb to be; but etymologically a different word from be, or was. Am, art, are, and is, all come from the root as.

Are, n. Etym: [F., fr. L. area. See Area.] (Metric system)

Definition: The unit of superficial measure, being a square of which each side is ten meters in length; 100 square meters, or about 119.6 square yards.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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