being

noun
be·​ing | \ ˈbē(-i)ŋ How to pronounce being (audio) \

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.

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That being said, there's pretty heavy evidence that Kylie has had multiple relationships that most fans probably didn't even know about (read: Cody Simpson). Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019 That being said, high gloss is the trickiest to apply. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "A Paint Expert's Simple Guide to Choosing the Right Paint Finish," 4 Mar. 2019 By federal law, the president’s family is protected under the watch of the U.S. Secret Service, which makes sense: The president of the United States is a high-profile public figure, and threats to the well-being of a president's family are real. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Are Spending Taxpayer Money on Security for Their Vacations," 14 Dec. 2018 More than just a reflection, the twin was a physical being: dominating, horrifying, and possessing a mind entirely of her own. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 Smith was working on what some call the deadliest beings on Earth, bacteriophages. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Nobels in Chemistry Made Evolution Work For Us," 3 Oct. 2018 Who is an extraordinary human being, gracious, a consummate professional, a gentleman, a kind soul? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Alex Trebek's Cancer Diagnosis Sparks Outpour of Support From Pat Sajak, Cher, and More," 7 Mar. 2019 Its kitchen is staffed by three bots and two human beings. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 Studies from the past two decades confirm that our focus on girls can leave boys behind in regards to education and well-being. Christine Michel Carter, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Feminism Is Stifling Our Sons," 22 Feb. 2019

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

being

noun
be·​ing | \ ˈbē-iŋ How to pronounce being (audio) \

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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