Definitions for beingˈbi ɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be•ingˈbi ɪŋ(n.)

  1. the fact of existing; existence.

  2. conscious, mortal existence; life.

  3. essential substance or nature:

    the very core of my being.

  4. something that exists:

    inanimate beings.

  5. a living thing.

  6. a human being; person.

  7. (cap.) God.

  8. Philos. absolute existence in a complete or perfect state; essence.

    Category: Philosphy

  9. (conj.)Chiefly Dial. since; because; considering that (often fol. by as, as how, or that).

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of being:

1250–1300

Princeton's WordNet

  1. being, beingness, existence(noun)

    the state or fact of existing

    "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"

  2. organism, being(noun)

    a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. being(noun)ˈbi ɪŋ

    a living creature

    human beings; a being from outer space

  2. beingˈbi ɪŋ

    to start to exist

    The club first came into being in the 1880s.

Wiktionary

  1. being(Noun)

    A living creature.

  2. being(Noun)

    The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.

  3. being(Noun)

    That which has actuality (materially or in concept).

  4. being(Noun)

    One's basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.

  5. being(Conjunction)

    Given that; since.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Being

    of Be

  2. Being

    existing

  3. Being(noun)

    existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of existence

  4. Being(noun)

    that which exists in any form, whether it be material or spiritual, actual or ideal; living existence, as distinguished from a thing without life; as, a human being; spiritual beings

  5. Being(noun)

    lifetime; mortal existence

  6. Being(noun)

    an abode; a cottage

  7. Being(adverb)

    since; inasmuch as

Freebase

  1. Being

    Being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence. Anything that partakes in being is also called a "being", though often this use is limited to entities that have subjectivity. So broad a notion has inevitably been elusive and controversial in the history of philosophy, beginning in western philosophy with attempts among the pre-Socratics to deploy it intelligibly. As an example of efforts in recent times, Heidegger adopted German terms like Dasein to articulate the topic. Several modern approaches build on such continental European exemplars as Heidegger, and apply metaphysical results to the understanding of human psychology and the human condition generally. By contrast, in mainstream Analytical philosophy the topic is more confined to abstract investigation, in the work of such influential theorists as W. V. O. Quine, to name one of many. One most fundamental question that continues to exercise philosophers is put by William James: "How comes the world to be here at all instead of the nonentity which might be imagined in its place? ... from nothing to being there is no logical bridge."

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'being' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #102

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'being' in Written Corpus Frequency: #186

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'being' in Nouns Frequency: #1003


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

being(noun)

existence

When did the Roman Empire come into being?

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