What does living mean?

Definitions for living
ˈlɪv ɪŋliv·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. life, livingnoun

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

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

  2. livingnoun

    people who are still living

    "save your pity for the living"

  3. animation, life, living, alivenessnoun

    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, sustenanceadjective

    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. livingadjective

    pertaining to living persons

    "within living memory"

  6. livingadjective

    true to life; lifelike

    "the living image of her mother"

  7. livingadjective

    (informal) absolute

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

  8. surviving, livingadjective

    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. livingadjective

    still in active use

    "a living language"

  10. living(a)adjective

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

    "carved into the living stone";


  1. livingnoun

    The state of being alive.

  2. livingnoun

    Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood

    What do you do for a living?

  3. livingnoun

    A style of life.

    plain living

  4. livingnoun

    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. livingadjective

    Having life.

  6. livingadjective

    In use or existing.

    Hunanese is a living language.

  7. livingadjective

    Of everyday life.

    These living conditions are deplorable.

  8. livingadjective

    True to life.

    This is the living image of Fidel Castro.

  9. livingadjective

    (used as an intensifier)

    He almost beat the living daylights out of me.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Livingnoun

    Etymology: from live.

    The Arcadians fought as in unknown place, having no succour but in their hands; the Helots, as in their own place, fighting for their livings, wives, and children. Philip Sidney.

    All they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. Mark.

    There is no living without trusting some body or other, in some cases. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    For ourselves we may a living make. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Then may I set the world on wheels, when she can spin for her living. William Shakespeare.

    Issac and his wife, now dig for your life,
    Or shortly you’ll dig for your living. John Denham.

    Actors must represent such things as they are capable to perform, and by which both they and the scribbler may get their living. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Some of our ministers having the livings of the country offered unto them, without pains, will, neither for any love of God, nor for all the good they may do, by winning souls to God, be drawn forth from their warm nests. Edmund Spenser.

    The parson of the parish preaching against adultery, Mrs. Bull told her husband, that they would join to have him turned out of his living for using personal reflections. Arbuth.


  1. Living

    Living is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Dierks Bentley. It was released in February 2019 as the third single from Bentley's 2018 album The Mountain. Bentley co-wrote the song with Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Jon Nite.


  1. living

    Living generally refers to the condition or state of being alive or having life. It refers to the various processes, functions, and characteristics associated with organisms or living beings, such as growth, metabolism, reproduction, response to stimuli, and the ability to adapt to changing environments. Living organisms are composed of cells, display organization and complexity, and typically possess the ability to interact with their surroundings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Living

    of Live

  2. Livingnoun

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

  3. Livingnoun

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

  4. Livingnoun

    means of subsistence; sustenance; estate

  5. Livingnoun

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

  6. Livingnoun

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

  7. Etymology: [From Live, v. i.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Living

    liv′ing, adj. having life: active, lively: producing action or vigour: running or flowing, as opposed to stagnant.—n. means of subsistence: manner of life: a property: the benefice of a clergyman.—Living rock, rock in its native state or location; Living room, a sitting-room for general family use; Living wage, a wage on which it is possible for a workman and his family to live fairly.—The living, those alive.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. living

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

Editors Contribution

  1. living

    A form of existence.

    Living life with purpose is a true gift to the soul.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

  2. Livingverb

    Verb form of the word live.

    They live a simple life together in perfect harmony.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Living is ranked #69996 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Living surname appeared 280 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Living.

    81% or 227 total occurrences were Black.
    14.2% or 40 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of living in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of living in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of living in a Sentence

  1. Nyrola Elimä:

    This wasn't their way of life before, we have our home, our garden, we're living with our parents or sister... and now suddenly, someone is living in one city, their parents living in a nursing home, kids in a separate orphanage. What is going on here ?

  2. Karl Kopp:

    Thousands of people are living in limbo and thousands are living in tent camps as winter approaches, this is the way they were living in Greece when they first arrived in Europe.

  3. Eli Dickerson:

    Another thing that trees do for us is sequester pollution, on top of living in an area that might flood more, living in an area that's hotter, living in an area that also has more particulate matter and worse air quality, all of this can be addressed by trees.

  4. Larry Kramer:

    We're all going to go crazy, living this epidemic every minute, while the rest of the world goes on out there, all around us, as if nothing is happening, going on with their own lives and not knowing what it's like, what we're going through. We're living through war, but where they're living it's peacetime, and we're all in the same country.

  5. Hovsep kazezian:

    If You Are Stressed, You Are Living the Past. If You Are Anxious, You Are Living in the Future. If You Are at Peace, You Are Living in the Present. Hovsep kazezian www.Hkazezian.com

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