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Definition of "being" []

  • The state or quality of having existence. See Synonyms at existence. (noun)
  • Something, such as an object, an idea, or a symbol, that exists, is thought to exist, or is represented as existing. (noun)
  • The totality of all things that exist. (noun)
  • A person: "The artist after all is a solitary being” ( Virginia Woolf). (noun)
  • All the qualities constituting one that exists; the essence. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "being" in a sentence
  • "I loved the idea in the pilot where it just shows the effects of him being a badass except for the last fight, rather than him _being_ a badass."
  • "They use the notation [λx Ox & x 5] as the name of the concept being an object x such that x is odd and x is greater than 5 (or, more naturally, ˜being odd and greater than 5™)."
  • "On the one hand, the word does not seem to be straightforwardly equivocal, in the sense of being subordinated to more than one concept, for we at least have the illusion of being able to grasp ˜being™ as a general term."