Definitions for livingˈlɪv ɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

liv•ingˈlɪv ɪŋ(adj.)

  1. having life; being alive.

  2. in actual existence or use; extant:

    living languages.

  3. active or thriving; vigorous; strong:

    a living faith.

  4. pertaining to or suitable for human activity or existence:

    living space.

  5. of or pertaining to living persons:

    within living memory.

  6. lifelike; true to life:

    The statue is the living image of him.

  7. being in its natural state or place:

    living rock; a living brook.

  8. burning or glowing; live.

  9. very; absolute (used as an intensifier):

    to scare the living daylights out of someone.

  10. (n.)the act or condition of a person or thing that lives.

  11. the means of maintaining life; livelihood:

    to earn a living.

  12. a particular manner, state, or status of life:

    luxurious living.

  13. the living, living persons collectively.

  14. Brit. the benefice of a cleric.

    Category: British, Religion

Origin of living:

bef. 900


Princeton's WordNet

  1. life, living(noun)

    the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities

    "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"

  2. living(noun)

    people who are still living

    "save your pity for the living"

  3. animation, life, living, aliveness(noun)

    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"

  4. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance(adj)

    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"

  5. living(adj)

    pertaining to living persons

    "within living memory"

  6. living(adj)

    true to life; lifelike

    "the living image of her mother"

  7. living(adj)

    (informal) absolute

    "she is a living doll"; "scared the living daylights out of them"; "beat the living hell out of him"

  8. surviving, living(adj)

    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"

  9. living(adj)

    still in active use

    "a living language"

  10. living(a)(adj)

    (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried

    "carved into the living stone";

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. living(adjective)ˈlɪv ɪŋ

    alive, not dead

    living creatures; He's a living legend.

  2. living(noun)ˈlɪv ɪŋ

    money you earn that brings you the things you need to live

    He'll never be able to make/earn a living from selling his paintings.

  3. livingˈlɪv ɪŋ

    to do a particular job

    I have no idea what she does for a living.

  4. livingˈlɪv ɪŋ

    the way sb lives their life

    healthy living


  1. living(Noun)

    The state of being alive.

  2. living(Noun)

    Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood

    What do you do for a living?

  3. living(Noun)

    A style of life.

    plain living

  4. living(Noun)

    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.

  5. living(Adjective)

    Having life.

  6. living(Adjective)

    In use or existing.

    Hunanese is a living language.

  7. living(Adjective)

    Of everyday life.

    These living conditions are deplorable.

  8. living(Adjective)

    True to life.

    This is the living image of Fidel Castro.

  9. living(Adjective)

    (used as an intensifier)

    He almost beat the living daylights out of me.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Living

    of Live

  2. Living(noun)

    the state of one who, or that which, lives; lives; life; existence

  3. Living(noun)

    manner of life; as, riotous living; penurious living; earnest living

  4. Living(noun)

    means of subsistence; sustenance; estate

  5. Living(noun)

    power of continuing life; the act of living, or living comfortably

  6. Living(noun)

    the benefice of a clergyman; an ecclesiastical charge which a minister receives


  1. Living

    Living is the second album by Irish musician Paddy Casey, it was released on October 17, 2003. It was re-released with a bonus disc featuring B-sides and live tracks on November 26, 2004.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. living

    A mode of wasting time from the cradle to the grave consecrated by immemorial usage.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'living' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1392

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'living' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1022

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'living' in Nouns Frequency: #987

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'living' in Adjectives Frequency: #374

Translations for living

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having life; being alive

a living creature; The aim of the project was to discover if there was anything living on Mars.

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