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  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.
  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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for nonbeing


  1. 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)


  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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Word Origin and History for nonbeing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with nonbeing


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

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