archaic spelling of being
present participle of be
A living creature.
The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.
(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.
(obsolete) Given that; since.
‘A man who is being strangled.’; ‘While the article on Burns was being written.’; ‘Fresh experience is always being gained.’;
Existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of existence.
‘In Him we live, and move, and have our being.’;
That which exists in any form, whether it be material or spiritual, actual or ideal; living existence, as distinguished from a thing without life; as, a human being; spiritual beings.
‘What a sweet being is an honest mind !’; ‘A Being of infinite benevolence and power.’;
Lifetime; mortal existence.
‘Claudius, thouWast follower of his fortunes in his being.’;
An abode; a cottage.
‘It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's servants] into little beings within my manor.’;
Since; inasmuch as.
‘And being you haveDeclined his means, you have increased his malice.’;
the state or fact of existing;
‘a point of view gradually coming into being’; ‘laws in existence for centuries’;
a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
‘the railway brought many towns into being’; ‘the single market came into being in 1993’;
being alive; living
‘holism promotes a unified way of being’;
the nature or essence of a person
‘sometimes one aspect of our being has been developed at the expense of the others’;
a real or imaginary living creature or entity, especially an intelligent one
‘a rational being’; ‘alien beings’;
In philosophy, being is the material or immaterial existence of a thing. Anything that exists is being.