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being

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noun be·ing \ˈbē(-i)ŋ\

Definition of being

  1. 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 thingsc :  conscious existence :  life

  2. 2 :  the qualities that constitute an existent thing :  essence <I knew it was true in the core of my being.>; especially :  personality

  3. 3 :  a living thing <sentient beings> <a mythical being>; especially :  person <a very sexual being>

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.

Origin and Etymology of being

Middle English, from gerund of been be


First Known Use: 14th century


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being

adjective be·ing

Definition of being

  1. :  present —used in the phrase for the time being <plans to remain single for the time being>

Origin and Etymology of being

Middle English, from present participle of been be


First Known Use: 14th century


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being

conjunction be·ing

Definition of being

chiefly dialectal

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

Origin and Etymology of being

from 2being


First Known Use: 1528


BEING Defined for English Language Learners

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being

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noun be·ing \ˈbē(-i)ŋ\

Definition of being for English Language Learners

  • : a living thing

  • : the state of existing

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


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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