- The definition of being is since or because.
An example of being is using it to state that since the ice cream truck didn't come tonight, no one had dessert.
- Being is defined as the state of existing or living or something that exists.
- An example of being is the fact that one is in a particular place at a particular time.
- An example of being is a human.
- the state or fact of existing or living; existence or life
- fundamental or essential nature
- one who lives or exists, or is assumed to do so: a human being, a divine being
- all the physical and mental qualities that make up a person; personality
- fulfillment of possibilities; essential completeness
- that which exists, can exist, or can be logically conceived
Origin of beingsee be
for the time being
- The state or quality of having existence: technical advances that have only recently come into being. See Synonyms at existence.
- The totality of all things that exist: theologians who hold that the mind of God is the source of all being.
- a. A person: “The artist after all is a solitary being” ( Virginia Woolf )b. An individual form of life; an organism: “We [humans] are the only beings who are aware that we shall die” ( Seyyed Hossein Nasr )c. An imaginary, conjectural, or supernatural creature: extraterrestrial beings.
- a. All the qualities constituting one that exists; the essence: the very being of human nature.b. One's basic or essential nature: “[My grandfather's] face, words and gestures are a permanent part of my being” ( Duane Nitatum )
conjunctionChiefly Southern US, Upper Southern US, & New England
Usage Note: Being that is sometimes used as a synonym for considering that or seeing that to introduce a clause, as in Being that it's a holiday, I let the kids sleep late. While this construction has seen widespread use in American regional English, the Usage Panel does not much care for it in more standard contexts. In our 2006 survey, 71 percent of the Panel found the above example unacceptable. Some 83 percent rejected the sentence Being that he has never attended law school, it's strange that he's giving legal advice.
- Present participle of be.
- (obsolete) Given that; since.
Originated 1250–1300 from Middle English being; see be + -ing.