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2 noun
being2 S2 W3

come into being/be brought into being

to start to exist:
a law that first came into being in 1912
2 [countable]HBH a living thing, especially a person:
intelligent/conscious/rational etc being
a story about alien beings who invade Earth
3 [uncountable] literary the most important quality or nature of something, especially of a person
the core/roots/whole of somebody's being
The whole of her being had been taken over by a desire to return to her homeland.

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