Definition of being in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːɪŋ


  • 1 [mass noun] Existence: the railway brought many towns into being the single market came into being in 1993
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    • We, however, are now speaking of things in their issuing from the universal source of being.
    • Nature was personified as an immaterial agency striving for ever more complex forms of being.
    • Everything that is, say the Chinese, tends to move through nine stages of being.
    existence, living, life, animation, animateness, aliveness, reality, actuality, essential nature, lifeblood, vital force, entity; Philosophy esse
  • 1.1Being alive; living: holism promotes a unified way of being
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    • There is bliss, a deep peace, and a feeling of unity with all things and perfection of being.
    • Maybe it is purely the perception of energy patterns at all that keeps us distracted on the doing and not the being.
    • Makes me wonder whether any of us are really safe, or are we all enemies of the state just by sheer virtue of being.
  • 2 [in singular] The nature or essence of a person: sometimes one aspect of our being has been developed at the expense of the others
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    • In a lot of western magic discourse the ego is confused with the core of the being.
    • My father was the business brains behind it and this affected every fibre of his being.
    • Why had she phrased it as though it were an affliction rather than a state of being?
    soul, spirit, nature, essence, substance, entity, inner being, inner self, psyche; heart, bosom, breast, core, kernel, marrow; Philosophy quiddity, pneuma

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