- 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 )
conjunction Chiefly Southern US, Upper Southern US, & New England
Because; since. Often used with as or that.
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.
- A living creature.
- The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.
- (philosophy) That which has actuality (materially or in concept).
- (philosophy) One's basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.
- (obsolete) Given that; since.
Originated 1250–1300 from Middle English being; see be + -ing.