[ bee-ing ]
/ ˈbi ɪŋ /



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 forms

non·be·ing, noun, adjectivesu·per·be·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nonbeing (1 of 2)


/ (ˌnɒnˈbiːɪŋ) /


the philosophical problem arising from the fact that the ability to refer appears to presuppose the existence of whatever is referred to, and yet we can talk intelligibly about nonexistent objectsSee also subsistence (def. 5)

British Dictionary definitions for nonbeing (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbiːɪŋ) /


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)
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Idioms and Phrases with nonbeing


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

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