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aren't

 (ärnt, är′ənt)
Contraction of are not. See Usage Note at ain't.

aren't

(ɑːnt)
contraction of
1. are not
2. informal chiefly (used in interrogative sentences) Brit am not

aren't

(ɑrnt, ˈɑr ənt)
1. contraction of are not.
2. contraction of am not (used interrogatively).
[as contraction of am not, a doublet of ain ' t (without raising of the vowel), sp. aren't by r-less speakers; ar was later substituted for the long a by rhotic speakers]
usage: The interrogative first-person use of aren't (I'm right, aren't I?) is objected to by some because a declarative counterpart, I aren't, does not exist. Others, however, who would not use ain't, still prefer aren't I to the rather formal alternative am I not. See also ain't.
Translations

be

(biː) present tense am (am) are (aː) , is (iz) : past tense was (woz) , were (wəː) : present participle ˈbeing: past participle been (biːn, (American) bin) : subjunctive were (wəː) : short forms I'm (aim) (I am), you're (juə) (you are), he's (hiːz) (he is), she's (ʃiːz) (she is), it's (its) (it is), we're (wiə) (we are), they're (θeə) (they are): negative short forms isn't (ˈiznt) (is not), aren't (aːnt) (are not), wasn't (ˈwoznt) (was not), weren't (wəːnt) (were not) – verb
1. used with a present participle to form the progressive or continuous tenses. I'm reading; I am being followed; What were you saying?.
2. used with a present participle to form a type of future tense. I'm going to London.
3. used with a past participle to form the passive voice. He was shot.
4. used with an infinitive to express several ideas, eg necessity (When am I to leave?), purpose (The letter is to tell us he's coming), a possible future happening (If he were to lose, I'd win) etc.
5. used in giving or asking for information about something or someone. I am Mr Smith; Is he alive?; She wants to be an actress; The money will be ours; They are being silly.
ˈbeing noun
1. existence. When did the Roman Empire come into being?
2. any living person or thing. beings from outer space.
the be-all and end-all
the final aim apart from which nothing is of any real importance. This job isn't the be-all and end-all of existence.
References in classic literature ?
"Why aren't you asleep, sir?" said a Cossack who was sitting under a wagon.
If he did, these domestic activities were privately performed, and he presented to the world the appearance of a careless and hospitable millionaire strolling into his own drawing-room with the detachment of an invited guest, and saying: "My wife's gloxinias are a marvel, aren't they?
"Aren't you rather yellow?" asked Dorothy, looking at him critically.
"By the bye," she continued, looking at him critically, "you are rather a surprising person, aren't you?"
Well, Anne, your things are very pretty, and very suitable to your position in life, aren't they, Jane?
Nay, nay, I aren't goin' to bother mysen about Dutchmen.
The men said: "Aren't you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours and your hulking son?"
"No," said the farrier, with bitter sarcasm, looking at the company generally; "and p'rhaps you aren't pig-headed; and p'rhaps you didn't say the cow was a red Durham; and p'rhaps you didn't say she'd got a star on her brow--stick to that, now you're at it."
"But aren't you going to pick me any dindledums, after all?"
"Aren't you rather sorry you chucked painting?" asked Hayward.
"My dear child, I give you my most solemn word of honour those aren't eggs.
"Aren't you afraid to let the wind low like that on your neck?