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being

[bee-ing] /ˈbi ɪŋ/
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.
conjunction
9.
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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see be, -ing1
Related forms
nonbeing, noun, adjective
superbeing, noun
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  • In this case, the underworld is a literal underworld of demons and supernatural beings.
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  • Such beings are seen as having inherent value and thus possessing rights.
  • They were treated not as human beings and their outcry went unheard.
  • Humans are a race of beings virtually identical to earthly humans.
British Dictionary definitions for beings

being

/ˈbiːɪŋ/
noun
1.
the state or fact of existing; existence
2.
essential nature; self: she put her whole being into the part
3.
something that exists or is thought to exist, esp something that cannot be assigned to any category: a being from outer space
4.
a person; human being
5.
(in the philosophy of Aristotle) actuality Compare becoming (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for beings

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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