reason for being meaning, reason for being definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( reasons    plural & 3rd person present)   ( reasoning    present participle)   ( reasoned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   The reasonfor something is a fact or situation which explains why it happens or what causes it to happen.  
usu with supp, oft N for n, N to-inf  
There is a reason for every important thing that happens..., Who would have a reason to want to kill her?     
2       n-uncount   If you say that you have reasonto believe something or to have a particular emotion, you mean that you have evidence for your belief or there is a definite cause of your feeling.  
usu N to-inf  
They had reason to believe there could be trouble..., He had every reason to be upset...     
3       n-uncount   The ability that people have to think and to make sensible judgments can be referred to as reason.  
...a conflict between emotion and reason...     
4       verb   If you reasonthat something is true, you decide that it is true after thinking carefully about all the facts.  
I reasoned that changing my diet would lower my cholesterol level...      V that  
`Listen,' I reasoned, `it doesn't take a genius to figure out what Adam's up to.'      V with quote  
5    If one thing happens by reason of another, it happens because of it.  
by reason of             phrase   PHR n  
The boss retains enormous influence by reason of his position...     
6    If you try to make someone listen to reason, you try to persuade them to listen to sensible arguments and be influenced by them.  
listen to reason      phrase   V inflects  
The company's top executives had refused to listen to reason.     
7    If you say that something happened or was done for no reason, for no good reason, or for no reason at all, you mean that there was no obvious reason why it happened or was done.  
for no reason/ for no reason at all      phrase   PHR with cl  
The guards, he said, would punch them for no reason..., For no reason at all the two men started to laugh.     
8    If a person or thing is someone's reason for living or their reason for being, they are the most important thing in that person's life.  
reason for living/reason for being             phrase   usu poss PHR  
Chloe is my reason for living.     
9    If you say that something happened or is true for some reason, you mean that you know it happened or is true, but you do not know why.  
for some reason      phrase   PHR with cl     (vagueness)    For some inexplicable reason she was attracted to Patrick.     
10    If you say that you will do anything within reason, you mean that you will do anything that is fair or reasonable and not too extreme.  
within reason      phrase   PHR with cl, n PHR  
I will take any job that comes along, within reason...     
    rhyme or reason  
    to see reason  
    it stands to reason  
    stand   reason with      phrasal verb   If you try to reason with someone, you try to persuade them to do or accept something by using sensible arguments.  
I have watched parents trying to reason with their children and have never seen it work.      V P n  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    apprehension, brains, comprehension, intellect, judgment, logic, mentality, mind, ratiocination, rationality, reasoning, sanity, sense(s), sound mind, soundness, understanding  
2    aim, basis, cause, design, end, goal, grounds, impetus, incentive, inducement, intention, motive, object, occasion, purpose, target, warrant, why and wherefore     (informal)  
3    apologia, apology, argument, case, defence, excuse, explanation, exposition, ground, justification, rationale, vindication  
4    bounds, limits, moderation, propriety, reasonableness, sense, sensibleness, wisdom  
5    in or within reason      in moderation, proper, reasonable, sensible, warrantable, within bounds, within limits  
6    conclude, deduce, draw conclusions, infer, make out, ratiocinate, resolve, solve, syllogize, think, work out  
7      (with)       with   argue, bring round     (informal)   debate, dispute, dissuade, expostulate, move, persuade, prevail upon, remonstrate, show (someone) the error of his ways, talk into or out of, urge, win over  
1    emotion, feeling, instinct, sentiment  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists (le but)
temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly
[informal] Ex:' What was the name of that actor? Damn! I'm having a brain fart!'
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
a player who asks too many funny questions that can be related as being stupid
Origin of the word is a "newbie" that can be shortened as a Newb
A pipe that carries water and pollutants after being used in houses and businesses.
The state of being acceptable or officially true; the statement that is powerful to convince someone something is right.
someone who loves being in the sun, sunbathing etc
1. Los Angeles or Hollywood, especially with regard to the film and television industry, in their reputed glamour and trendiness 2. a fanciful state or dreamworld [be in la-la land = a state of being out of touch with reality]
[US] [informal] 1. She's very fond of stories about life in la-la land 2. He's unrealistic about these issues and looks like he's in la-la land the whole time
the fear of being unable to use one's mobile phone
This can happen when losing the device, when out of battery, credit or network coverage
1. the state of being joined together 2. in logic, the connection of isolated facts by means of a general description or hypothesis which applies to them all
a person who thinks about being an entrepreneur or starting a business but never gets started.
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
person who is very important and dear without formally being the spouse
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
expression used for saying that someone is worth being kept close (as a friend, partner..)
a government scheme that moves people to a new area (e.g. because a dam is being built where they live)
a business model in which goods or services are shared, swapped, or rented over networks, rather than being owned by individuals
Ex: Airbnb, the peer-to-peer accomodation marketplace Related to the concept of "sharing economy"
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)
artificial long word coined to mean a lung disease known as silicosis, a type of pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of ultra-microscopic particles of crystalline silica volcanic dust. It has the particularity of being the longest word in the English language published in a dictionary
Longer tech. terms exist (up to 189,819 letters!).The word, presumably coined in 1935 by E.M. Smith (pres. of the National Puzzlers'League) in imitation of very long medical terms, contains 45 letters
informal name given to footwear items like socks, home foot covers or plastic foot covers used for hygienical reasons
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