being

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originated 1250–1300 from Middle English being; see be + -ing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

being

  1. present participle of be

Noun[edit]

being (plural beings)

  1. A living creature.
  2. The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.
    • Shakespeare
      Claudius, thou / Wast follower of his fortunes in his being.
  3. (philosophy) That which has actuality (materially or in concept).
  4. (philosophy) One's basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.
  5. (obsolete) An abode; a cottage.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)
    • Steele
      It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's servants] into little beings within my manor.

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Conjunction[edit]

being

  1. (obsolete) Given that; since.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:
      , New York Review Books 2001, p.280:
      ’Tis a hard matter therefore to confine them, being they are so various and many […].

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References[edit]

  • being” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • being”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged: Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
  • "being" in the Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version), K Dictionaries limited, 2000-2006.
  • "being" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

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Statistics[edit]

Most common English words before 1923: make · def · might · #113: being · day · through · himself

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