Definition of being in US English:



  • 1Existence.

    ‘the railroad brought many towns into being’
    ‘the moment when the universe came into being’
    • ‘We, however, are now speaking of things in their issuing from the universal source of 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.’
    • ‘Applying this new morality, science could bring into being a global civilization without poverty or war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nature was personified as an immaterial agency striving for ever more complex forms of being.’
    • ‘In this thermonuclear age, defense is best assured by a strong air force in being.’
    • ‘It was not a literal theory but intended to describe four metaphorical forms 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.’
    • ‘Systems of government came into being to enable kings to achieve their ends.’
    • ‘It should be obvious by now that Northfork is clearly a film with its own sense of being.’
    • ‘For, until they are schooled into learning the story of their nation states, children have other illuminating narratives about how they came into being.’
    existence, living, life, animation, animateness, aliveness, reality, actuality, essential nature, lifeblood, vital force, entity
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    1. 1.1 Living; being alive.
      ‘holism promotes a unified way of being’
      • ‘Maybe it is purely the perception of energy patterns at all that keeps us distracted on the doing and not the being.’
      • ‘There is bliss, a deep peace, and a feeling of unity with all things and perfection 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.’
      • ‘They do not need the fiery Mars-energy, but have a more tranquil mode of being.’
      • ‘It is the ability to integrate and harmonize diametrically opposed views or states of being.’
      • ‘He is an artist obsessed by the horror of existence and the terrible vulnerability of being.’
      • ‘Only when one relaxes completely can one start to experience the natural state 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’
    • ‘It was considered to be an essential encounter with the centre of your being.’
    • ‘I felt terrified, as I realised that God could see into the very depths of my being.’
    • ‘Personhood in these traditions is more a process than a state or category of being.’
    • ‘My heart was brimful as I said this, and I spoke with all the fervency of my being.’
    • ‘Their deafness, part of their biological makeup, is inextricably tied to their being.’
    • ‘I oppose the reinstatement of the death penalty with every fibre of my being.’
    • ‘In a lot of western magic discourse the ego is confused with the core of the being.’
    • ‘Tapping into that energy has helped increase the sense of my car being an extension of my being.’
    • ‘This kind of scenario has always made me very queasy, right to the very core of my being.’
    • ‘He's an alcoholic but he is still trying to do his job even if it destroys the fabric of his being.’
    • ‘This particular story is about what fires you at the most primal level of your 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?’
    • ‘The earth and all that is therein is given to men for the support and comfort of their being.’
    • ‘My father was the business brains behind it and this affected every fibre of his being.’
    • ‘My concern with this is the integral, or non-integral, effects on the rest of my being.’
    • ‘This time Squib laughed and gave her a kiss filled with all the passion and love in his being.’
    soul, spirit, nature, essence, substance, entity, inner being, inner self, psyche
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  • 3A real or imaginary living creature, especially an intelligent one.

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