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It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.
C. Northcote Parkinson

Meaning of "has-been" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HAS-BEEN

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HAS-BEEN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Has-Been is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES HAS-BEEN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of has-been in the English dictionary

The definition of has-been in the dictionary is a person or thing that is no longer popular, successful, effective, etc.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HAS-BEEN

has
Hasan al-Basri
hasbian
Hasdrubal
hasenpfeffer
hash
hash brownies
hash browns
hash cookies
hash house
hash house slinger
hash key
hash mark
hasheesh
HaShem
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
hashhead
hashish
hashtag
hashy

WORDS THAT END LIKE HAS-BEEN

been
between
carbeen
crubeen
evergreen
fifteen
gombeen
green
Halloween
in between
keen
might-have-been
peebeen
queen
screen
seen
shebeen
teen
the screen
the silver screen

Synonyms and antonyms of has-been in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «has-been» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HAS-BEEN

Find out the translation of has-been to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of has-been from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «has-been» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

过气的人物
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

vieja gloria
570 millions of speakers

English

has-been
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

- किया गया है
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كان لديه -
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

имеет - был
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pessoa que perdeu sua importância com o tempo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

হয়েছে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

has been
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

telah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ehemalige Größe
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

盛りを過ぎた人
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

한물간 사람
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

wis
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

có mặt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

உள்ளது-இருந்திருக்கும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आहे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Hükmü kalmamış şey
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

celebrità in declino
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ma - było
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

має - був
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a - fost
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

έχει - ήταν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

has-been
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

har- varit
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

har - vært
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of has-been

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HAS-BEEN»

The term «has-been» is very widely used and occupies the 613 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HAS-BEEN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «has-been» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «has-been» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about has-been

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7 QUOTES WITH «HAS-BEEN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word has-been.
1
Milton Berle
I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.
2
Shelley Fabares
It's a terrifying thing to be perhaps 16 or 17 and feel like you are a failure and a has-been.
3
Amanda Lear
I am not interested in releasing best of stuff and I have not given my permission. You release best of packages when you're a has-been and have nothing new to offer.
4
Julie London
I'd retired for about six or seven years. Coming back to the business, I found that I was sort of not quite a has-been, and it wasn't a new career, it was just kind of difficult to crack the nut, so to speak.
5
C. Northcote Parkinson
It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.
6
Tiny Tim
I'm the first has-been star singer ever to sing with the circus. I mean, Presley sang with the circus, but that was before he became a star.
7
Tiny Tim
Remember, it's better to be a has-been than a never-was.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HAS-BEEN»

Discover the use of has-been in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to has-been and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Strange as this weather has been: a novel
Domestic conflicts involving a town's endangerment by mining plans threaten to tear apart a family when matriarch Lace contemplates fighting the mine owners and her daughter, Bant, becomes involved with a miner. A first novel. Original.
Ann Pancake, 2007
2
Your Cry Has Been Heard
Lawan Baldwin Your Cry Has Been Heard Would you buy this book Yes, certainly, and would try to get it into our schools, libraries, and colleges. This book will touch your heart and open your eyes! Rev.
Beth Michael, 2009
3
Making Whole what Has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics
Exploring the recent trend of political efforts to rectify injustices handed down from the past, the text examines the extent to which the concern with the past, may distract from the fight to overcome contemporary injustices.
John C. Torpey, 2006
4
President Kennedy Has Been Shot (with CD): A ...
Relive the JFK assassination with the accounts of top reporters in text, photos, broadcasts and rare archival audio.
‎2004
5
A Remarkable Medicine Has Been Overlooked
This book is a story of Dreyfus's extraordinary life, his discovery of phenytoin (PHT), and a testament to his ceaseless effort to make the truth known to people in this country and around the world.
Jack Dreyfus, 2001
6
This Terrible Business Has Been Good to Me: An Autobiography
In this bestselling autobiography, Norman Jewison reflects on his life as a Hollywood director.
Norman Jewison, 2004
7
When Your Life Has Been Tampered With: Moving Beyond your ...
Step forward from your broken dreams and have victory!
Brenda Kunneman, 2012
8
Do You Know Where Your Water Has Been?: The Disgusting Story ...
Describes the history of human water treatment and the current water treatment system.
Kelly Regan Barnhill, 2008
9
Morning Has Been All Night Coming
When his wife dies, John's old life becomes a faded memory and his present life loses all meaning.
John Harricharan, 1993
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The President Has Been Shot: Confusion, Disability, and the ...
This updated paperback edition of the acclaimed analysis of medical and political events surrounding the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan includes a new Postscript on the election of 1992 and "the public's right to know " which ...
Herbert L. Abrams, 1994

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« EDUCALINGO. Has-Been [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/has-been>. Jul 2020 ».
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