1Existence.‘the railroad brought many towns into being’
existence, living, life, animation, animateness, aliveness, reality, actuality, essential nature, lifeblood, vital force, entityView synonyms
- ‘the single market came into being in 1993’
- ‘many factions remained in being’
- 1.1Being alive; living.
actuality, being, existing, reality, factView synonyms
- ‘holism promotes a unified way of being’
2in singular The nature or essence of a person.
soul, spirit, nature, essence, substance, entity, inner being, inner self, psycheView synonyms
- ‘sometimes one aspect of our being has been developed at the expense of the others’
3A real or imaginary living creature or entity, especially an intelligent one.‘alien beings’
creature, life form, living entity, living thing, living soul, soul, individual, person, personage, human being, human, man, womanView synonyms
- ‘a rational being’
present participle of be
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