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being

noun be·ing \ ˈbē(-i)ŋ \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of being

1 a :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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of being

Middle English, from gerund of been be


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being

adjective

Definition of being

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

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Origin and Etymology of being

Middle English, from present participle of been be


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being

conjunction

Definition of being

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

Origin and Etymology of being

from 2being


BEING Defined for English Language Learners

being

noun

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

noun be·ing \ ˈbē-iŋ \

Definition of being for Students

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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