Word definition: being

Defiintion of being:

[n] a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
[n] the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"

Synonyms of being:

beingness, existence, organism

Antonyms of being:

nonbeing, nonentity, nonexistence

See Also:

actuality, aerobe, aliveness, amphidiploid, anaerobe, animal, animalcule, animalculum, animate being, animate thing, animation, atavist, beast, body part, brute, cell, clon, clone, coexistence, commensal, congenator, congener, creature, crossbreed, denizen, diploid, eternity, eucaryote, eukaryote, fauna, flora, haploid, heteroploid, host, human, hybrid, individual, katharobe, life, living, living thing, mascot, microorganism, mortal, mutant, mutation, myrmecophile, nekton, nonvascular organism, parasite, person, plankton, plant, plant life, polymorph, polyploid, possibility, possibleness, preexistence, presence, procaryote, prokaryote, relative, relict, saprobe, saprophyte, saprophytic organism, sitter, somebody, someone, soul, sport, stander, state, subsistence, throwback, timeless existence, timelessness, tissue, transcendence, transcendency, utterer, variation, vocaliser, vocalizer, zooid

Webster Dictionary (1913) for being:

\Be"ing\, p. pr. from {Be}.

Note: Being was formerly used where we now use having.
      ``Being to go to a ball in a few days.'' --Miss

Note: In modern usage, is, are, was or were being, with a
      past participle following (as built, made, etc.)
      indicates the process toward the completed result
      expressed by the participle. The form is or was
      building, in this passive signification, is idiomatic,
      and, if free from ambiguity, is commonly preferable to
      the modern is or was being built. The last form of
      speech is, however, sufficiently authorized by approved
      writers. The older expression was is, or was,
      a-building or in building.

            A man who is being strangled.      --Lamb.

            While the article on Burns was being written.

            Fresh experience is always being gained. --Jowett
                                               (Thucyd. )

\Be"ing\, n. 1. Existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of existence. In Him we live, and move, and have our being. --Acts xvii. 28. 2. 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 ! --Beau. & Fl. A Being of infinite benevolence and power. --Wordsworth. 3. Lifetime; mortal existence. [Obs.] Claudius, thou Wast follower of his fortunes in his being. --Webster (1654). 4. An abode; a cottage. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright. It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's servants] into little beings within my manor. --Steele.
\Be"ing\, adv. Since; inasmuch as. [Obs. or Colloq.] And being you have Declined his means, you have increased his malice. --Beau. & Fl.