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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

being

  1. present participle of be

NounEdit

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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ConjunctionEdit

being

  1. (obsolete) Given that; since.

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • being” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • being” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "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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StatisticsEdit

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

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