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Being appears in the following tongue twister:

  • When a doctor doctors a doctor,
    does the doctor doing the doctoring
    doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or
    does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor?

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun being:


Being is sometimes a misspelling of been.

The word being is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun being

What does being mean as a name of something?

Being is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: beings

  1. the state or fact of existing
  2. a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonym of being: organism
    • more generic terms: animate thing / living thing = a living (or once living) entity
    • more specific terms:
      • benthos = organisms (plants and animals) that live at or near the bottom of a sea
      • dwarf = a plant or animal that is atypically small
      • heterotroph = an organism that depends on complex organic substances for nutrition
      • parent = an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained
      • individual / somebody / someone / mortal / person / soul = a human being
      • animate being / creature / animal / beast / brute / fauna = a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
      • plant life / flora / plant = a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
      • native = indigenous plants and animals
      • recombinant = a cell or organism in which genetic recombination has occurred
      • conspecific = an organism belonging to the same species as another organism
      • carrier = an organism that possesses a recessive gene whose effect is masked by a dominant allele
      • denizen = a plant or animal naturalized in a region
      • amphidiploid = an organism or cell having a diploid set of chromosomes from each parent
      • diploid = an organism or cell having the normal amount of DNA per cell
      • haploid = an organism or cell having only one complete set of chromosomes
      • heteroploid = an organism or cell having a chromosome number that is not an even multiple of the haploid chromosome number for that species
      • polyploid = an organism or cell having more than twice the haploid number of chromosomes
      • animalculum / animalcule = microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium
      • micro-organism / microorganism = any organism of microscopic size
      • aerobe = an organism (especially a bacterium) that requires air or free oxygen for life
      • anaerobe = an organism (especially a bacterium) that does not require air or free oxygen to live
      • crossbreed / hybrid / cross = an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock
      • polymorph = an organism that can assume more than one adult form as in the castes of ants or termites
      • congenator / congeneric / congener / relative = an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another
      • plankton = the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water
      • nekton = the aggregate of actively swimming animals in a body of water ranging from microscopic organisms to whales
      • parasite = an animal or plant that lives in or on a host
      • host = an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite
      • commensal = either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
      • myrmecophile = an organism such as an insect that habitually shares the nest of a species of ant
      • eucaryote / eukaryote = an organism with cells characteristic of all life forms except primitive microorganisms such as bacteria
      • procaryote / prokaryote = a unicellular organism having cells lacking membrane-bound nuclei
      • zooid = one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoan
      • clone / clon = a group of genetically identical cells or organisms derived from a single cell or individual by some kind of asexual reproduction
      • throwback / atavist = an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism
      • individual = a single organism
      • mascot = a character, animal or object that is adopted by a team or group as a symbolic figure
      • variation / mutation / mutant / sport = an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
      • postdiluvian = anything living after Noah's flood
      • sitter = an organism (person or animal) that sits
      • stander = an organism (person or animal) that stands
      • vocaliser / vocalizer / utterer = an organism that can utter vocal sounds
      • fungus = an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter
      • nonvascular organism = organisms without vascular tissue: e.g. algae, lichens, fungi, mosses
      • relict = an organism or species surviving as a remnant of an otherwise extinct flora or fauna in an environment much changed from that in which it originated
      • saprophytic organism / saprophyte = an organism that feeds on dead organic matter especially a fungus or bacterium
      • saprobe = an organism that lives in and derives its nourishment from organic matter in stagnant or foul water
      • katharobe = an organism that lives in an oxygenated medium lacking organic matter
    • parts:
      • cell = the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms
      • body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • substance: tissue = part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function

Alternative definition of the noun being


  1. A living creature.
  2. The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.
  3. [philosophy] That which has actuality (materially or in concept).
  4. [philosophy] One's basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.

Other definitions of being

What does being also mean?


  1. [obsolete] Given that; since.


Being is a musical group.


  1. "Being" is a musical album of Mozart's Sister.
    • released on
  2. "being" is a musical single of KOTOKO.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  3. "Being" is a musical album of Linda Worster.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  4. "Being" is a musical album of Ayurveda.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Being" is a composition.
  6. "Being" is a musical album of Mausoleia.
  7. "Being" is a 2012 EP album by Aegaeon.
    • released on


  1. "Being" is a book written by Kevin Brooks.
    • genre: Fiction
    • released in (9 years ago)
    • award: - Carnegie Medal nomination for Kevin Brooks
  2. "Being" is a book by Mary Kellett.


"Being" is a film, directed by William Farley.


"Being" is a video game.

  • genre: Platform game
  • released on (7 years ago)


Being is a 2013 Telly Award winning TV program, created for Centric.

  • award: - Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Documentary, received by Centric

Phrases with Being

Phrases starting with the word Being:

  1. Being That
  2. Being-in-Itself
  3. Being-For-Itself
  4. Being-For-Others

Phrases ending with the word Being:

  1. ill-being
  2. time being
  3. well-being
  4. human being
  5. Higher Being
  6. animate being
  7. supreme being
  8. Fleet in being
  9. mythical being
  10. State of Being
  11. come into being
  12. imaginary being
  13. spiritual being
  14. for the time being
  15. supernatural being

Other phrase containing the word Being:

  1. All Else Being Equal

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Being

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Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of The Human Being - The Human Being (2012)

urinary bladder Muscular reservoir where urine from the kidneys collects before being evacuated through the urethra. urethra Membranous canal enabling the evacuation of urine. In the male, it also ureter Long muscular membranous canal ...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

BY OTHERS To arouse suspicions whakamohio To be balked rehea Balked / Disappointed tukaru Disappointment ketekete / kérehu Dissension / Strife / Hostility / *War Rousing indignation / Indignant / Indignation whakatakariri Being at fault ...

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Being Open.

ODC: Shiny

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Quotes about Being

Being sad can make you depressed; Being happy can make your life and other's fun.

Being sad makes you have bad thoughts; being happy can make you get your mind off of things.

Being sad ISN'T fun; Being happy IS fun. (Kelsey Sescila)
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Scrabble value of B3E1I1N1G2

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of BEING

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