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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of having existence. See Synonyms at existence.
  • n. Something, such as an object, an idea, or a symbol, that exists, is thought to exist, or is represented as existing.
  • n. The totality of all things that exist.
  • n. A person: "The artist after all is a solitary being” ( Virginia Woolf).
  • n. All the qualities constituting one that exists; the essence.
  • n. One's basic or essential nature; personality.
  • conj. Chiefly Southern U.S., Upper Southern U.S., & New England Because; since. Often used with as or that.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of be.
  • n. A living creature.
  • n. The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.
  • n. That which has actuality (materially or in concept).
  • n. One's basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.
  • conj. Given that; since.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Existing.
  • n. Existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of existence.
  • n. That which exists in any form, whether it be material or spiritual, actual or ideal; living existence, as distinguished from a thing without life.
  • n. Lifetime; mortal existence.
  • n. An abode; a cottage.
  • adv. Since; inasmuch as.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Existence in its most comprehensive sense, as opposed to non-existence; existence, whether real or only in thought.
  • n. In metaphysics, subsistence in a state not necessarily amounting to actual existence; rudimentary existence.
  • n. That which exists; anything that is: as, inanimate beings.
  • n. Life; conscious existence.
  • n. Lifetime; mortal existence.
  • n. That which has life; a living existence, in contradistinction to what is without life; a creature.
  • n. A living; livelihood; means of subsistence; home.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
  • n. the state or fact of existing

Etymologies

Originated 1250–1300 from Middle English being; see be + -ing. (Wiktionary)

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