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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 Lynesb (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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