being

noun
be·​ing | \ ˈbē(-i)ŋ \

Definition of being

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : the quality or state of having existence a social movement that came into being in the 1960s artistic form comes into being only when two elements are successfully fused— Carlos Lynes
b(1) : something that is conceivable and hence capable of existing
(2) : something that actually exists
(3) : the totality of existing things
c : conscious existence : life
2 : the qualities that constitute an existent thing : essence I knew it was true in the core of my being. especially : personality
3 : a living thing sentient beings a mythical being especially : person a very sexual being

being

adjective

Definition of being (Entry 2 of 4)

: present used in the phrase for the time being plans to remain single for the time being

being

conjunction

Definition of being (Entry 3 of 4)

chiefly dialectal
: since, because usually used with as, as how, or that

being

Definition of being (Entry 4 of 4)

present participle of be

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Examples of being in a Sentence

Noun

a social movement that was brought into being in the 1960s I knew it was true in the core of my being.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That being said, the population numbers do not look great. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Global Warming Could Make These Sea Turtles 98% Female," 27 Dec. 2018 That being said, their apps did produce some moments that historians will remember in the years to come. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 Things the Kardashian-Jenners Did on Their Apps That Will Stand the Test of Time," 20 Dec. 2018 That being said, Aguirre-Sacasa hasn't completely ruled out giving Salem a voice. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2," 6 Dec. 2018 All of a sudden, your characters are immortal beings. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 That being said, Ed Cox and Marc Molinaro's rhetoric on this is wildly inappropriate. Fox News, "Calls for civility after vandalism, violent clashes outside GOP headquarters in New York," 13 Oct. 2018 When Mekea and Tim Duffy moved with their three girls into a new-build home in the quaint Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills, they were refreshingly recharged being surrounded by super fresh, super white walls. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 The world changes with the intelligent (or not so intelligent) movements set into motion by human beings. Alejandro Jodorowsky, ELLE Decor, "A Conversation Between Hotelier Alan Faena and Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky," 14 Nov. 2018 And the problems for employee health and well-being brought on by that kind of sustained crunch have been heavily discussed for years in and around the industry. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Rockstar developers speak out about “100-hour weeks” comment," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of being

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

1528, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for being

Noun

Middle English, from gerund of been be

Adjective

Middle English, from present participle of been be

Conjunction

from being entry 2

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being

noun

English Language Learners Definition of being

: a living thing

: the state of existing

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

being

noun
be·​ing | \ ˈbē-iŋ \

Kids Definition of being

1 : the state of having life or existence He explained how the myth came into being.
2 : a living thing
3 : an entity believed to be divine

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