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"being" in British English

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beingnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈbiː.ɪŋ/
C2 a ​person or thing that ​exists: A ​nuclearwar would ​kill millions of ​living beings. Strange beings from ​outerspace are still a ​popularsubject for ​sci-fimovies. the ​state of ​existing: We do not ​knowexactly how ​life first came into being (= ​began to ​exist.)

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(Definition of being from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"being" in American English

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being

 us   /ˈbi·ɪŋ/
  • being (BE)

present participle of be

beingnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈbi·ɪŋ/
  • being noun [C/U] (PERSON)

a ​person or thing that ​exists, or the ​state of ​existing: [C] human/​living beings [U] The ​group came into being (= ​began to ​exist) to ​helprelatives of the ​terminallyill.
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