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Meaning of BEING

Pronunciation:  'beeing

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
  2. [n]  the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"

BEING is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: beingness, existence, organism
 Antonyms: nonbeing, nonentity, nonexistence
 See Also: actuality, aerobe, aliveness, amphidiploid, anaerobe, animal, animalcule, animalculum, animate being, animate thing, animation, atavist, beast, body part, brute, cell, clon, clone, coexistence, commensal, congenator, congener, creature, crossbreed, denizen, diploid, eternity, eucaryote, eukaryote, fauna, flora, haploid, heteroploid, host, human, hybrid, individual, katharobe, life, living, living thing, mascot, microorganism, mortal, mutant, mutation, myrmecophile, nekton, nonvascular organism, parasite, person, plankton, plant, plant life, polymorph, polyploid, possibility, possibleness, preexistence, presence, procaryote, prokaryote, relative, relict, saprobe, saprophyte, saprophytic organism, sitter, somebody, someone, soul, sport, stander, state, subsistence, throwback, timeless existence, timelessness, tissue, transcendence, transcendency, utterer, variation, vocaliser, vocalizer, zooid



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Be"ing\, p. pr. from {Be}.
    Note: Being was formerly used where we now use having.
          ``Being to go to a ball in a few days.'' --Miss
    Note: In modern usage, is, are, was or were being, with a
          past participle following (as built, made, etc.)
          indicates the process toward the completed result
          expressed by the participle. The form is or was
          building, in this passive signification, is idiomatic,
          and, if free from ambiguity, is commonly preferable to
          the modern is or was being built. The last form of
          speech is, however, sufficiently authorized by approved
          writers. The older expression was is, or was,
          a-building or in building.
                A man who is being strangled.      --Lamb.
                While the article on Burns was being written.
                Fresh experience is always being gained. --Jowett
                                                   (Thucyd. )
  2. \Be"ing\, n.
    1. Existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of
             In Him we live, and move, and have our being. --Acts
                                                   xvii. 28.
    2. 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.
             What a sweet being is an honest mind ! --Beau. & Fl.
             A Being of infinite benevolence and power.
    3. Lifetime; mortal existence. [Obs.]
             Claudius, thou Wast follower of his fortunes in his
             being.                                --Webster
    4. An abode; a cottage. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.
             It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's
             servants] into little beings within my manor.
  3. \Be"ing\, adv.
    Since; inasmuch as. [Obs. or Colloq.]
          And being you have Declined his means, you have
          increased his malice.                    --Beau. & Fl.
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