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[bee-ing] /ˈbi ɪŋ/

the fact of existing; existence (as opposed to nonexistence).
conscious, mortal existence; life:
Our being is as an instantaneous flash of light in the midst of eternal night.
substance or nature:
of such a being as to arouse fear.
something that exists:
inanimate beings.
a living thing:
strange, exotic beings that live in the depths of the sea.
a human being; person:
the most beautiful being you could imagine.
(initial capital letter) .

Nonstandard. since; because; considering that (often followed by as, as how, or that):
Being it’s midnight, let’s go home. Being as how you cooked supper, I’ll do the dishes.
the philosophical problem arising from the fact that the ability to refer appears to presuppose the existence of whatever is referred to, and yet we can talk intelligibly about nonexistent objects See also subsistence (sense 5)
the state or fact of existing; existence
essential nature; self: she put her whole being into the part
something that exists or is thought to exist, esp something that cannot be assigned to any category: a being from outer space
a person; human being
(in the philosophy of Aristotle) actuality Compare becoming (sense 3)

c.1300, “condition, state, circumstances; presence, fact of existing,” early 14c., existence,” from be + -ing. Sense of “that which physically exists, person or thing” (e.g. human being) is from late 14c.


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