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Definition 1: a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently - [noun denoting tops]

Synonyms for being in the sense of this definition

(being is a kind of ...) a living (or once living) entity

(... is a kind of being ) an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism

(... is a kind of being ) a group of genetically identical cells or organisms derived from a single cell or individual by some kind of asexual reproduction

(... is a kind of being ) one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoan

(... is a kind of being ) a unicellular organism having cells lacking membrane-bound nuclei; bacteria are the prime example but also included are blue-green algae and actinomycetes and mycoplasma

(... is a kind of being ) an organism with cells characteristic of all life forms except primitive microorganisms such as bacteria; i.e. an organism with `good' or membrane-bound nuclei in its cells

(... is a kind of being ) an organism such as an insect that habitually shares the nest of a species of ant

(... is a kind of being ) either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent

(... is a kind of being ) an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association

(... is a kind of being ) an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host

(... is a kind of being ) the aggregate of actively swimming animals in a body of water ranging from microscopic organisms to whales

(... is a kind of being ) a single organism

(... is a kind of being ) a character, animal or object that is adopted by a team or group as a symbolic figure

(... is a kind of being ) (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration

(... is a kind of being ) an organism that lives in an oxygenated medium lacking organic matter

(... is a kind of being ) an organism that lives in and derives its nourishment from organic matter in stagnant or foul water

(... is a kind of being ) an organism that feeds on dead organic matter especially a fungus or bacterium

(... is a kind of being ) 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

(... is a kind of being ) organisms without vascular tissue: e.g. algae, lichens, fungi, mosses

(... is a kind of being ) an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia

(... is a kind of being ) an organism that can utter vocal sounds

"an utterer of foul oaths" "is the giraffe a vocalizer?"

(... is a kind of being ) an organism (person or animal) that stands

"a crowd of sitters and standers"

(... is a kind of being ) an organism (person or animal) that sits

(... is a kind of being ) anything living after Noah's flood

(... is a kind of being ) the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water

(... is a kind of being ) an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)

(... is a kind of being ) an organism that can assume more than one adult form as in the castes of ants or termites

(... is a kind of being ) a plant or animal naturalized in a region

"denizens of field and forest" "denizens of the deep"

(... is a kind of being ) (genetics) an organism that possesses a recessive gene whose effect is masked by a dominant allele; the associated trait is not apparent but can be passed on to offspring

(... is a kind of being ) an organism belonging to the same species as another organism

(... is a kind of being ) a cell or organism in which genetic recombination has occurred

(... is a kind of being ) indigenous plants and animals

(... is a kind of being ) (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion

(... is a kind of being ) a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

(... is a kind of being ) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of being ) an organism (plant or animal) from which younger ones are obtained

(... is a kind of being ) an organism that depends on complex organic substances for nutrition

(... is a kind of being ) a plant or animal that is atypically small

(... is a kind of being ) organisms (plants and animals) that live at or near the bottom of a sea

(... is a kind of being ) (genetics) an organism or cell having a diploid set of chromosomes from each parent

(... is a kind of being ) (genetics) an organism or cell having the normal amount of DNA per cell; i.e., two sets of chromosomes or twice the haploid number

(... is a kind of being ) (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species

"a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey"

(... is a kind of being ) an organism (especially a bacterium) that does not require air or free oxygen to live

(... is a kind of being ) an organism (especially a bacterium) that requires air or free oxygen for life

(... is a kind of being ) any organism of microscopic size

(... is a kind of being ) microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium

(... is a kind of being ) (genetics) an organism or cell having more than twice the haploid number of chromosomes

(... is a kind of being ) (genetics) an organism or cell having a chromosome number that is not an even multiple of the haploid chromosome number for that species

(... is a kind of being ) (genetics) an organism or cell having only one complete set of chromosomes

(being is a part of ...) any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

(being is a part of ...) (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals

(being is made of the substance ...) part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function

(being is the domain which ... is member of) the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life

(being is the domain which ... is member of) differentiation and growth of the structure of an organism (or a part of an organism)

(being is the domain which ... is member of) (of living organisms) emitting light

"fireflies are bioluminescent"

(being is the domain which ... is member of) characterized by or divided into or containing cells or compartments (the smallest organizational or structural unit of an organism or organization)

"the cellular construction of a beehive" "any effective opposition to a totalitarian regime must be secretive and cellular"

(being is the domain which ... is member of) one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)

(being is the domain which ... is member of) (genetics) the diploid cell resulting from the union of a haploid spermatozoon and ovum (including the organism that develops from that cell)

(being is the domain which ... is member of) a cell resulting from parthenogenesis

(being is the domain which ... is member of) the chemistry of compounds containing carbon (originally defined as the chemistry of substances produced by living organisms but now extended to substances synthesized artificially)

(being is the domain which ... is member of) (of radiate organisms) located on the surface or end on which the mouth is situated

Definition 2: the state or fact of existing - [noun denoting state]

Samples where being or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a point of view gradually coming into being
  • laws in existence for centuries
  • he appeared on the face of the earth one day

Synonyms for being in the sense of this definition

(being is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of being ) capability of existing or happening or being true

"there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"

(... is a kind of being ) a state of being or existence above and beyond the limits of material experience

(... is a kind of being ) a characteristic state or mode of living

"social life" "city life" "real life"

(... is a kind of being ) the condition of living or the state of being alive

"while there's life there's hope" "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"

(... is a kind of being ) the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living

"he hoped for a new life in Australia" "he wanted to live his own life without interference from others" "get a life!" "he is trying to rebuild his life"

(... is a kind of being ) the state of being present; current existence

"he tested for the presence of radon"

(... is a kind of being ) the state of existing in reality; having substance

(... is a kind of being ) existing peacefully together

(... is a kind of being ) existing in a former state or previous to something else

(... is a kind of being ) a state of eternal existence believed in some religions to characterize the afterlife

(... is a kind of being ) the state of actually existing objectively

"a hope that progressed from possibility to actuality"

(... are attributes of being) having existence or being or actuality

"an attempt to refine the existent machinery to make it more efficient" "much of the beluga caviar existing in the world is found in the Soviet Union and Iran"

(... are attributes of being) not having existence or being or actuality

"chimeras are nonexistent"

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