- 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
being asor being that
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
- Present participle of be.
- (obsolete) Given that; since.
Originated 1250–1300 from Middle English being; see be + -ing.
Variant of be
intransitive verbwas or were, been, being
- to exist; live: Caesar is no more to happen or occur: when will the wedding be? to remain or continue: will he be here long? to come to; belong: peace be with you to have a place or position: the door is on your left
- as a copula, be links its subject to a predicate nominative, adjective, or pronoun so as to express attribution or identity, and by extension, value, cause, signification, etc.; it is sometimes equivalent to the mathematical sign (=): Mrs. Siddons was an actress; he is handsome; that hat is fifty dollars; let x be y
Origin of beMiddle English been, beon ; from Old English beon: be is a defective verb with parts from three unrelated stems: 1) the Indo-European substantive verb, base an unverified form es-, as in am, is, Sanskrit ásmi, asti, Gothic im, ist; 2) Indo-European base an unverified form wes-, stay, remain, as in was, were, Sanskrit vasati, (he) lingers, stays, Gothic wisan, was, wēsum, remain, be; 3) Indo-European base an unverified form bheu-, grow, become, (it) occurs, is there, Classical Latin fieri, as in be, been, Sanskrit bhávati, be, become: see bondage
- used with the past participle of a transitive verb to form the passive voice: he will be sued
- Archaic used with the past participle of certain intransitive verbs to form a perfect tense: Christ is risen
- used with the present participle of another verb to express continuation: the player is running with the ball
- used with the present participle or infinitive of another verb to express futurity, possibility, obligation, intention, etc.: he is starting next week, you are to help him