WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
be•ing /ˈbiɪŋ/USA pronunciation n.  [uncountable] the fact of existing;
existence:brought this council into being to find new solutions.
[uncountable] conscious, living existence; life:How did we come into being? [countable] a living thing;
creature:Are there intelligent beings on other planets?
[countable] a human being; person.
conj.  Slang Terms[+ how/that][Chiefly Dialect.]since;
considering:Being that we don't really know you, how can we vote for you?

v.   (used in a phrase to explain something about the rest of the sentence):I was scared and feeling pretty anxious, this being my first time in a new country.

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being /ˈbiːɪŋ/ n
  1. the state or fact of existing; existence
  2. essential nature; self
  3. something that exists or is thought to exist, esp something that cannot be assigned to any category: a being from outer space
  4. a person; human being

be /biː; (unstressed) / vb ( pres. sing. 1st pers am, 2nd pers are, 3rd pers is, pres. pl are, past sing 1st pers was, 2nd pers were, 3rd pers was, past pl were, pres. part being, past part been)(intransitive)
  1. to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; live: I think, therefore I am, not all that is can be understood
  2. (used in the perfect or past perfect tenses only) to pay a visit; go: have you been to Spain?
  3. to take place; occur: my birthday was last Thursday
  4. (copula) used as a linking verb between the subject of a sentence and its noun or adjective complement or complementing phrase. In this case be expresses the relationship of either essential or incidental equivalence or identity (John is a man; John is a musician) or specifies an essential or incidental attribute (honey is sweet; Susan is angry). It is also used with an adverbial complement to indicate a relationship of location in space or time (Bill is at the office; the dance is on Saturday)
  5. (takes a present participle) forms the progressive present tense: the man is running
  6. (takes a past participle) forms the passive voice of all transitive verbs and (archaically) certain intransitive ones: a good film is being shown on television tonight, I am done
  7. (takes an infinitive) expresses intention, expectation, supposition, or obligation: the president is to arrive at 9.30, you are not to leave before I say so
Etymology: Old English bēon; related to Old High German bim am, Latin fui I have been, Greek phuein to bring forth, Sanskrit bhavati he is

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