being meaning

[ 'bi:iŋ ] Pronunciation:   "being" in a sentence
Noun: being  beeing
  1. The state or fact of existing
    "a point of view gradually coming into being"
    - beingness, existence 
  2. A living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    - organism
Verb: be (am,are,is,was,were,been,being)  bee
  1. Have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
    "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer" 
  2. Be identical to; be someone or something
    "The president of the company is John Smith"; "This is my house" 
  3. Occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
    "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behaviour?" 
  4. Have an existence, be extant
    "Is there a God?"
    - exist 
  5. Happen, occur, take place
    "I lost my wallet; this was during the visit to my parents' house"; "There was a lot of noise in the kitchen" 
  6. Be identical or equivalent to
    - equal 
  7. Form or compose
    "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"
    - constitute, represent, make up, comprise 
  8. Work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
    "He is a herpetologist"; "She is our resident philosopher"
    - follow 
  9. Represent, as of a character on stage
    "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"
    - embody, personify 
  10. Spend or use time
    "I may be an hour" 
  11. Have life, be alive
    "Our great leader is no more"
    - live 
  12. To remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
    "let her be" 
  13. Be priced at
    - cost

Derived forms: beings

See also: existent, existing, nonexistent

Type of: animate thing, living thing, occupy, remain, represent, rest, stand for, state, stay, symbolise [Brit], symbolize, take, typify, use up

Antonym: nonbeing

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  1. he scares people away by being so brash.
  2. my biceps was being crushed to a pulp.
  3. his social attitudes are being questioned.
  4. he 's in low water now, being out of job.
  5. this is no question of their being exactitudes.

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