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
3A real or imaginary living creature or entity, especially an intelligent one: alien beings a rational being
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  • Maybe intelligent beings cannot exist unless the world is governed by logic and mathematics?
  • While this may be a step in the right direction for intelligent artificial beings, it is a very small one.
  • One of the beings got off his horse and sat crosslegged before the notices, obviously reading them.
creature, life form, living entity, living thing, living soul, soul, individual, person, personage, human being, human, man, woman;
life, existence;

Words that rhyme with being

far-seeing, unseeing

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