I. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the quality or state of having existence b. (1) something conceivable as 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; especially personality 3. a living thing; especially person II. adjective Etymology: present participle of be Date: 14th century present — used in the phrase for the time being III. conjunction Date: 1528 chiefly dialect since, because — usually used with as, as how, or that

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  • Being — Be ing, p. pr. from {Be}. Existing. [1913 Webster] Note: Being was formerly used where we now use having. Being to go to a ball in a few days. Miss Edgeworth. [1913 Webster] Note: In modern usage, is, are, was or were being, with a past… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Being — Be ing, n. 1. Existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of existence. [1913 Webster] In Him we live, and move, and have our being. Acts xvii. 28. [1913 Webster] 2. That which exists in any form, whether it be material or spiritual,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • being — [bē′iŋ] n. [see BE] 1. the state or fact of existing or living; existence or life 2. fundamental or essential nature 3. one who lives or exists, or is assumed to do so [a human being, a divine being] 4. all the physical and mental qualities that… …   English World dictionary

  • being — [n1] existence actuality, animation, journey, life, living, presence, reality, subsistence, vitality, world; concept 407 Ant. deadness being [n2] essential nature character, entity, essence, essentia, essentiality, individuality, marrow,… …   New thesaurus

  • Being — Be ing, adv. Since; inasmuch as. [Obs. or Colloq.] [1913 Webster] And being you have Declined his means, you have increased his malice. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • being — (n.) c.1300, condition, state, circumstances; presence, fact of existing, early 14c., existence, from BE (Cf. be) (q.v.) + ING (Cf. ing). Sense of that which physically exists, person or thing (e.g. human being) is from late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • being... — being... phrase used for giving an explanation of something Being younger than the others, I always had to wear their old clothes. Thesaurus: ways of explaining or clarifyinghyponym to make something easier to understandsynonym Main entry: be …   Useful english dictionary

  • being — I (core) noun actuality, center, character, complexion, constituent, entity, essence, identity, individuality, inherence in, intellect, lifeblood, mind, monad, nature, occurrence, presence, psyche, quiddity, reality, root, spirit, substance,… …   Law dictionary

  • being — 1 *existence, actuality Analogous words: personality, individuality, character (see DISPOSITION) Antonyms: becoming: nonbeing 2 *entity, creature, individual, person Analogous words: *thing, object, article: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • being — ► NOUN 1) existence. 2) the nature or essence of a person. 3) a living creature: alien beings …   English terms dictionary

  • Being — In ontology (the study of being) being is anything that can be said to be , either transcendentally or immanently.The nature of being varies by philosophy, giving different interpretations in the frameworks of Aristotle, materialism, idealism,… …   Wikipedia

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