• (British) IPA: /ˈbiːɪŋ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈbiɪŋ/, /ˈbiŋ/
  1. present participle of be#English|be


  1. A living creature.
  2. 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.
  3. (philosophy) That which has actuality (materially or in concept).
  4. (philosophy) One's basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.
  5. (obsolete) An abode; a cottage.
    • It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's servants] into little beings within my manor.
Synonyms Translations Translations Conjunction
  1. (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 […].

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