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noun
  1. the fact of existing; existence (as opposed to nonexistence).
  2. conscious, mortal existence; life: Our being is as an instantaneous flash of light in the midst of eternal night.
  3. substance or nature: of such a being as to arouse fear.
  4. something that exists: inanimate beings.
  5. a living thing: strange, exotic beings that live in the depths of the sea.
  6. a human being; person: the most beautiful being you could imagine.
  7. (initial capital letter) God.
  8. Philosophy.
    1. that which has actuality either materially or in idea.
    2. absolute existence in a complete or perfect state, lacking no essential characteristic; essence.
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conjunction
  1. Nonstandard. since; because; considering that (often followed by as, as how, or that): Being it's midnight, let's go home. Being as how you cooked supper, I'll do the dishes.
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Origin of being

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at be, -ing1
Related formsnon·be·ing, noun, adjectivesu·per·be·ing, noun

be

[bee; unstressed bee, bi]
verb (used without object), present singular 1st person am, 2nd are or (Archaic) art, 3rd is, present plural are; past singular 1st person was, 2nd were or (Archaic) wast or wert, 3rd was, past plural were; present subjunctive be; past subjunctive singular 1st person were, 2nd were or (Archaic) wert, 3rd were; past subjunctive plural were; past participle been; present participle be·ing.
  1. to exist or live: Shakespeare's “To be or not to be” is the ultimate question.
  2. to take place; happen; occur: The wedding was last week.
  3. to occupy a place or position: The book is on the table.
  4. to continue or remain as before: Let things be.
  5. to belong; attend; befall: May good fortune be with you.
  6. (used as a copula to connect the subject with its predicate adjective, or predicate nominative, in order to describe, identify, or amplify the subject): Martha is tall. John is president. This is she.
  7. (used as a copula to introduce or form interrogative or imperative sentences): Is that right? Be quiet! Don't be facetious.
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auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person am, 2nd are or (Archaic) art, 3rd is, present plural are; past singular 1st person was, 2nd were or (Archaic) wast or wert, 3rd was, past plural were; present subjunctive be; past subjunctive singular 1st person were, 2nd were or (Archaic) wert, 3rd were; past subjunctive plural were; past participle been; present participle be·ing.
  1. (used with the present participle of another verb to form the progressive tense): I am waiting.
  2. (used with the present participle or infinitive of the principal verb to indicate future action): She is visiting there next week. He is to see me today.
  3. (used with the past participle of another verb to form the passive voice): The date was fixed. It must be done.
  4. (used in archaic or literary constructions with some intransitive verbs to form the perfect tense): He is come. Agamemnon to the wars is gone.
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Origin of be

before 900; Middle English been, Old English bēon (bēo- (akin to Old Frisian, Old High German bim, German bin, Old Saxon bium, biom (I) am, Old English, Old High German, Old Saxon būan, Old Norse būa reside, Latin fuī (I) have been, Greek phy- grow, become, Old Irish boí (he) was, Sanskrit bhávati (he) becomes, is, Lithuanian búti to be, OCS byti, Persian būd was)) + -n infinitive suffix. See am, is, are1, was, were
Can be confusedbe bee

Usage note

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  • If a servant complained of being abused, his master had no power to retain him.

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  • That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.

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  • To Billy Brue was allotted the easiest as being the most probable route.

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  • "Marvellous, indeed, is the mystery of our being," exclaimed Anaxagoras.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • Meantime the stronghold of Mauburn's optimism was being desperately stormed.

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British Dictionary definitions for being

being

noun
  1. the state or fact of existing; existence
  2. essential nature; selfshe put her whole being into the part
  3. something that exists or is thought to exist, esp something that cannot be assigned to any categorya being from outer space
  4. a person; human being
  5. (in the philosophy of Aristotle) actualityCompare becoming (def. 3)
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Be

the chemical symbol for
  1. beryllium
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BE

abbreviation for
  1. bill of exchange
  2. (in the US) Board of Education
  3. Bachelor of Education
  4. Bachelor of Engineering
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abbreviation for
  1. Baumé
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be

1
verb present singular 1st person am; 2nd person are; 3rd person is; present plural are; past singular 1st person was; 2nd person were; 3rd person was; past plural were; present participle being or past participle been (intr)
  1. to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; liveI think, therefore I am; not all that is can be understood
  2. (used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only) to pay a visit; gohave you been to Spain?
  3. to take place; occurmy birthday was last Thursday
  4. (copula) used as a linking verb between the subject of a sentence and its noun or adjective complement or complementing phrase. In this case be expresses the relationship of either essential or incidental equivalence or identity (John is a man; John is a musician) or specifies an essential or incidental attribute (honey is sweet; Susan is angry). It is also used with an adverbial complement to indicate a relationship of location in space or time (Bill is at the office; the dance is on Saturday)
  5. (takes a present participle) forms the progressive present tensethe man is running
  6. (takes a past participle) forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive onesa good film is being shown on television tonight; I am done
  7. (takes an infinitive) expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligationthe president is to arrive at 9.30; you are not to leave before I say so
  8. (takes a past participle) forms the perfect or past perfect tense of certain intransitive verbs of motion, such as go or comethe last train is gone
  9. be that as it may the facts concerning (something) are of no importance
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Word Origin for be

Old English bēon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is

be

2
the internet domain name for
  1. Belgium
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Word Origin and History for being

n.

c.1300, "condition, state, circumstances; presence, fact of existing," early 14c., existence," from be + -ing. Sense of "that which physically exists, person or thing" (e.g. human being) is from late 14c.

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be

v.

Old English beon, beom, bion "be, exist, come to be, become, happen," from Proto-Germanic *biju- "I am, I will be." This "b-root" is from PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow, come into being," and in addition to the words in English it yielded German present first and second person singular (bin, bist, from Old High German bim "I am," bist "thou art"), Latin perfective tenses of esse (fui "I was," etc.), Old Church Slavonic byti "be," Greek phu- "become," Old Irish bi'u "I am," Lithuanian bu'ti "to be," Russian byt' "to be," etc. It also is behind Sanskrit bhavah "becoming," bhavati "becomes, happens," bhumih "earth, world."

The modern verb to be in its entirety represents the merger of two once-distinct verbs, the "b-root" represented by be and the am/was verb, which was itself a conglomerate. Roger Lass ("Old English") describes the verb as "a collection of semantically related paradigm fragments," while Weekley calls it "an accidental conglomeration from the different Old English dial[ect]s." It is the most irregular verb in Modern English and the most common. Collective in all Germanic languages, it has eight different forms in Modern English:

BE (infinitive, subjunctive, imperative)
AM (present 1st person singular)
ARE (present 2nd person singular and all plural)
IS (present 3rd person singular)
WAS (past 1st and 3rd persons singular)
WERE (past 2nd person singular, all plural; subjunctive)
BEING (progressive & present participle; gerund)
BEEN (perfect participle).

The paradigm in Old English was:

SING.PL.
1st pres.ic eom
ic beo
we sind(on)
we beoð
2nd pres.þu eart
þu bist
ge sind(on)
ge beoð
3rd pres.he is
he bið
hie sind(on)
hie beoð
1st pret.ic wæswe wæron
2nd pret.þu wærege waeron
3rd pret.heo wæshie wæron
1st pret. subj.ic wærewe wæren
2nd pret. subj.þu wærege wæren
3rd pret. subj.Egcferð wærehie wæren

The "b-root" had no past tense in Old English, but often served as future tense of am/was. In 13c. it took the place of the infinitive, participle and imperative forms of am/was. Later its plural forms (we beth, ye ben, they be) became standard in Middle English and it made inroads into the singular (I be, thou beest, he beth), but forms of are claimed this turf in the 1500s and replaced be in the plural. For the origin and evolution of the am/was branches of this tangle, see am and was.

That but this blow Might be the be all, and the end all. ["Macbeth" I.vii.5]
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being in Medicine

Be

  1. The symbol for the elementberyllium
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being in Science

Be

  1. The symbol for beryllium.
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Idioms and Phrases with being

being

see for the moment (time being); other things being equal.

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be

In addition to the idioms beginning with be

  • be a credit to
  • be along
  • be big on
  • be bound to
  • be busted
  • bed and board
  • bed and breakfast
  • bed of roses
  • be down
  • bee in one's bonnet
  • been around
  • been had
  • been there, done that
  • been to the wars
  • beginning of the end, the
  • begin to see daylight
  • begin to see the light
  • begin with
  • beg off
  • beg the question
  • beg to differ
  • be had
  • be in on
  • be into
  • bell the cat, who will
  • be my guest
  • bend one's elbow
  • bend over backwards
  • bend someone's ear
  • be off
  • be on
  • be oneself
  • be on to
  • beside oneself
  • beside the point
  • be that as it may
  • be the death of
  • be the end of one
  • be the making of

also see:

  • let be
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