- present participle of be#English|be
- A living creature.
- The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.
- Claudius, thou / Wast follower of his fortunes in his being.
- (philosophy) That which has actuality (materially or in concept).
- (philosophy) One's basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.
- (obsolete) An abode; a cottage.
- It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's servants] into little beings within my manor.
- (a living creature) See also Thesaurus:creature
- (the state or fact of existence) See also Thesaurus:existence
- French: être, créature
- German: Wesen, Geschöpf
- Italian: essere, creatura
- Portuguese: ser, criatura
- Russian: (живой
- Spanish: ser, criatura
- French: existence
- German: Sein, Dasein
- Italian: esistenza
- Portuguese: existência
- Russian: существова́ние
- Spanish: existencia
- (obsolete) Given that; since.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:, New York Review Books 2001, p.280:
- ’Tis a hard matter therefore to confine them, being they are so various and many […].