Etymology
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being (n.)

c. 1300, "existence," in its most comprehensive sense, "condition, state, circumstances; presence, fact of existing," early 14c., existence," from be + -ing. Sense of "that which physically exists, a person or thing" (as in human being) is from late 14c.

updated on May 02, 2017

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Definitions of being from WordNet

being (n.)
the state or fact of existing;
a point of view gradually coming into being
Synonyms: beingness / existence / face of the earth
being (n.)
a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently;
Synonyms: organism
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.