being

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

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbiːɪŋ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbiɪŋ/, /ˈbiŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːɪŋ, -ɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: be‧ing

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being

  1. present participle of be

Noun[edit]

being (countable and uncountable, 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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being

  1. (obsolete) Given that; since.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , 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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