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Noun: being  bee-ing
  1. The state or fact of being objectively real
    "a point of view gradually coming into being";
    - beingness, existence, face of the earth
  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 behavior?"
  4. Have reality; 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
    "One dollar is 1,000 rubles these days!";
    - 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, causal agency, causal agent, cause, living thing, occupy, remain, represent, rest, stand for, state, stay, symbol [archaic], symbolise [Brit], symbolize, take, typify, use up

Antonym: nonentity

Encyclopedia: Being

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