Definition of being in English:



  • 1mass noun Existence.

    ‘the railway brought many towns into being’
    ‘the single market came into being in 1993’
    • ‘In this thermonuclear age, defense is best assured by a strong air force in being.’
    • ‘Everything that is, say the Chinese, tends to move through nine stages of being.’
    • ‘That the actuality of physical existence is not so much a state of being as a process of being.’
    • ‘Systems of government came into being to enable kings to achieve their ends.’
    • ‘We, however, are now speaking of things in their issuing from the universal source of being.’
    • ‘Nature was personified as an immaterial agency striving for ever more complex forms of being.’
    • ‘The East Window is one of the few items in the Minster where we have such a personal account of how it came into being.’
    • ‘It should be obvious by now that Northfork is clearly a film with its own sense of being.’
    • ‘We're at the stage now where there's a basis to break out of this vicious cycle and actually bring into being something radically new.’
    • ‘For, until they are schooled into learning the story of their nation states, children have other illuminating narratives about how they came into being.’
    • ‘Applying this new morality, science could bring into being a global civilization without poverty or war.’
    • ‘It was not a literal theory but intended to describe four metaphorical forms of being.’
    existence, living, life, animation, animateness, aliveness, reality, actuality, essential nature, lifeblood, vital force, entity
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    1. 1.1 Being alive; living.
      ‘holism promotes a unified way of being’
      • ‘There is bliss, a deep peace, and a feeling of unity with all things and perfection of being.’
      • ‘He is an artist obsessed by the horror of existence and the terrible vulnerability of being.’
      • ‘They do not need the fiery Mars-energy, but have a more tranquil mode of being.’
      • ‘Only when one relaxes completely can one start to experience the natural state of being.’
      • ‘That is the chief way in which the class of substances is primary in relation to the other categories of being.’
      • ‘Makes me wonder whether any of us are really safe, or are we all enemies of the state just by sheer virtue of being.’
      • ‘Maybe it is purely the perception of energy patterns at all that keeps us distracted on the doing and not the being.’
      • ‘It is the ability to integrate and harmonize diametrically opposed views or states of being.’
      actuality, existing, reality, fact
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  • 2in singular The nature or essence of a person.

    ‘sometimes one aspect of our being has been developed at the expense of the others’
    • ‘The earth and all that is therein is given to men for the support and comfort of their being.’
    • ‘This particular story is about what fires you at the most primal level of your being.’
    • ‘Tapping into that energy has helped increase the sense of my car being an extension of my being.’
    • ‘In this way, through fully letting go of our sadness, we come to sense the openness that is the core of our being.’
    • ‘Why had she phrased it as though it were an affliction rather than a state of being?’
    • ‘My father was the business brains behind it and this affected every fibre of his being.’
    • ‘He's an alcoholic but he is still trying to do his job even if it destroys the fabric of his being.’
    • ‘Personhood in these traditions is more a process than a state or category of being.’
    • ‘I felt terrified, as I realised that God could see into the very depths of my being.’
    • ‘This kind of scenario has always made me very queasy, right to the very core of my being.’
    • ‘Their deafness, part of their biological makeup, is inextricably tied to their being.’
    • ‘This time Squib laughed and gave her a kiss filled with all the passion and love in his being.’
    • ‘In a lot of western magic discourse the ego is confused with the core of the being.’
    • ‘My heart was brimful as I said this, and I spoke with all the fervency of my being.’
    • ‘My concern with this is the integral, or non-integral, effects on the rest of my being.’
    • ‘I oppose the reinstatement of the death penalty with every fibre of my being.’
    • ‘It was considered to be an essential encounter with the centre of your being.’
    soul, spirit, nature, essence, substance, entity, inner being, inner self, psyche
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  • 3A real or imaginary living creature or entity, especially an intelligent one.

    ‘alien beings’
    ‘a rational being’
    • ‘All that was there was a being that attacked them with a lot of little flying things.’
    • ‘The motif of alien beings peopling our planet is a very common one in science fiction.’
    • ‘Before you can react, a being will pop out from behind a lamppost and jump onto you.’
    • ‘Maybe intelligent beings cannot exist unless the world is governed by logic and mathematics?’
    • ‘Unfortunately these arguments do not validly demonstrate the existence of a divine being.’
    • ‘This could be because of the lack of clear, visual, stereotypes of such beings.’
    • ‘One of the beings got off his horse and sat crosslegged before the notices, obviously reading them.’
    • ‘The being kept following me as if I where drawing it with a magnet, and I didn't dare to let it touch me.’
    • ‘While this may be a step in the right direction for intelligent artificial beings, it is a very small one.’
    • ‘The being that stood up this time held a mace and club and was made of purple fire.’
    • ‘Does this mean that God is three persons, or three individuals or three beings etc.?’
    • ‘If we have such a pure and powerful minds as love and compassion for all living beings, we will be part of the solution.’
    • ‘The being grinned and raised one of its two long, lithe arms, and spread its five long, pale fingers.’
    • ‘He has created a race of alien beings for his novel, and is halfway towards completing his next book.’
    • ‘The only beings which do expect him and greet him with unbridled joy are the stray dogs.’
    • ‘Spinoza argued that natural rights were those that were within a being's power to secure.’
    • ‘The screech is inhuman, drawn from another part of the being which doesn't often see light.’
    • ‘I knew the being was following me to my room, intentions whether evil or not, I did not know.’
    • ‘When I opened them again, radiant beings clothed in glimmering white covered the sky.’
    • ‘Have you ever wondered why these evil and dastardly beings might be interested in us?’
    • ‘So we willingly follow his two small, sad pink beings through the various trials of life and myth.’
    • ‘Is there in the whole world a being who would have the right to forgive and could forgive?’
    • ‘Another dream tells of an encounter with a being who held four keys, and bore the wings of a kingfisher.’
    creature, life form, living entity, living thing, living soul, soul, individual, person, personage, human being, human, man, woman
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