being

[ bee-ing ]
/ ˈbi ɪŋ /

noun

conjunction

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.

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

Definition for being (2 of 2)

be

[ bee; unstressed bee, bi ]
/ bi; unstressed bi, bɪ /

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.


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.

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

See me.
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British Dictionary definitions for being (1 of 6)

being

/ (ˈbiːɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for being (2 of 6)

Be

the chemical symbol for

beryllium

British Dictionary definitions for being (3 of 6)

BE

abbreviation for

bill of exchange
(in the US) Board of Education
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Engineering

British Dictionary definitions for being (4 of 6)

abbreviation for

Baumé

British Dictionary definitions for being (5 of 6)

be

1
/ (biː, unstressed ) /

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)


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

British Dictionary definitions for being (6 of 6)

be

2

the internet domain name for

Belgium

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Medicine definitions for being

Be

The symbol for the elementberyllium

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Science definitions for being

Be

The symbol for beryllium.

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Idioms and Phrases with being (1 of 2)

being

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


Idioms and Phrases with being (2 of 2)

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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