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being

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noun be·ing \ˈbē(-i)ŋ\

Simple Definition of being

  • : a living thing

  • : the state of existing

  • : the most important or basic part of a person's mind or self

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of being

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of having existence b (1) :  something conceivable as existing (2) :  something that actually exists (3) :  the totality of existing things c :  conscious existence :  life

  2. 2 :  the qualities that constitute an existent thing :  essence; especially :  personality

  3. 3 :  a living thing; especially :  person

Examples of being in a sentence

  1. a social movement that was brought into being in the 1960s

  2. I knew it was true in the core of my being.



14th Century

First Known Use of being

14th century


2

being

adjective be·ing

Definition of being

  1. :  present —used in the phrase for the time being



Origin and Etymology of being

present participle of be


First Known Use: 14th century


3

being

conjunction be·ing

Definition of being

chiefly dialect

  1. :  since, because —usually used with as, as how, or that



1528

First Known Use of being

1528

Rhymes with being


BEING Defined for Kids

being

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noun be·ing \ˈbē-iŋ\

Definition of being for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of having life or existence <He explained how the myth came into being.>

  2. 2 :  a living thing

  3. 3 :  an entity believed to be divine





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