being

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 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,… …

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  • 12 being — [[t]bi͟ːɪŋ[/t]] ♦♦♦ beings 1) Being is the present participle of be. 2) V LINK Being is used in non finite clauses where you are giving the reason for something. [V n] It being a Sunday, the old men had the day off... [V n] Little boys, being… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 being — be|ing1 [ˈbi:ıŋ] v [linking verb] 1.) the present participle of ↑be 2.) used to give the reason for something ▪ Being a quiet sort of person, I didn t want to get involved. ▪ You can t expect them to sit still for that long, children being what… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 being — 1 verb 1 the present participle of be 2 used in explanations: Being a quiet sort of fellow, I didn t want to get involved. | You can t expect them just to ignore it, human nature being what it is. 3 being as spoken especially BrE because; as: He… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 being — /bee ing/, n. 1. the fact of existing; existence (as opposed to nonexistence). 2. conscious, mortal existence; life: Our being is as an instantaneous flash of light in the midst of eternal night. 3. substance or nature: of such a being as to… …

    Universalium

  • 16 being —    This word (of Germanic origin, meaning exist or become ) refers to the fact or state or quality of existence. In the singular, being may refer to something specific, such as human being or created being. Being may also have a collective sense… …

    Glossary of theological terms

  • 17 being — Synonyms and related words: Adamite, actual, actuality, aerobic organism, an existence, anaerobic organism, as, as is, as long as, autotrophic organism, body, bones, bosom, breast, cat, cause, chap, character, considering, contemporaneous,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 being — be|ing [ biıŋ ] noun ** 1. ) count a person: HUMAN BEING: We are social beings as well as individuals. a ) a living creature: a being from outer space b ) a spirit or god: their belief in the supernatural beings that surrounded them 2. ) uncount… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 being — noun 1) she is warmed by his very being Syn: existence, living, life, reality, actuality 2) God is alive in the being of man Syn: soul, spirit, nature, essence, inner being, inner self …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 being */*/ — UK [ˈbiːɪŋ] / US [ˈbɪɪŋ] noun Word forms being : singular being plural beings 1) [countable] a person We are social beings as well as individuals. a) a living creature a being from outer space b) a spirit or god their belief in the supernatural… …

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