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Dictionary Definition

living adj
1 pertaining to living persons; "within living memory"
2 true to life; lifelike; "the living image of her mother"
3 dwelling or inhabiting; often used in combination; "living quarters"; "tree-living animals"
4 (informal) absolute; "she is a living doll"; "scared the living daylights out of them"; "beat the living hell out of him"
5 still in existence; "the Wollemi pine found in Australia is a surviving specimen of a conifer thought to have been long extinct and therefore known as a living fossil"; "the only surviving frontier blockhouse in Pennsylvania" [syn: surviving]
6 still in active use; "a living language"
7 (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried; "carved into the living stone"; [syn: living(a)]

Noun

1 the experience of living; the course of human events and activities; "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life" [syn: life]
2 people who are still living; "save your pity for the living" [ant: dead]
3 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" [syn: animation, life, aliveness]
4 the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood" [syn: support, keep, livelihood, bread and butter, sustenance]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. A state of having life.
  2. In use or existing.
    A living language.
  3. Of everyday life
    living conditions
  4. True to life.
    The living image.
  5. Used as an intensifier.
    ...beat the living daylights out of him...

Antonyms

Translations

A state of having life
In use or existing
Of everyday life
True to life
Used as an intensifier
Translations to be checked

Derived terms

Noun

  1. The state of being alive.
  2. Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood
    What do you do for a living?
  3. A style of life.
    plain living
  4. In canon law, a position in a church (usually the Church of England) that has attached to it a source of income. The holder of the position receives its revenue for the performance of stipulated duties.

Translations

The state of being alive
Financial means; a means of maintaining life
A style of life

Extensive Definition

Living may refer to:
  • Life, a condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms
  • Personal life, the course of an individual human's life
  • Living wage, refers to the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve some specific standard of living
  • Living, in canon law, a position in a church (usually the Church of England) that has attached to it a source of income. The holder of the position receives its revenue for the performance of stipulated duties.
In music:
In other:
See also:
living in Breton: Bev
living in French: Vivant

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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