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living Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
    • he could no longer cope with the complexities of life
  2. noun people who are still living
    • save your pity for the living
  3. noun the condition of living or the state of being alive
    life; animation; aliveness.
    • while there's life there's hope
    • life depends on many chemical and physical processes
  4. noun the financial means whereby one lives
    support; livelihood; bread and butter; sustenance; keep.
    • 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. verb inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
    dwell; live; inhabit; populate.
    • People lived in Africa millions of years ago
    • The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted
    • this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean
    • deer are populating the woods
  6. verb lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style
    • we had to live frugally after the war
  7. verb continue to live through hardship or adversity
    live on; last; hold up; live; endure; hold out; go; survive.
    • We went without water and food for 3 days
    • These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America
    • The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents
    • how long can a person last without food and water?
  8. verb support oneself
    survive; live; exist; subsist.
    • he could barely exist on such a low wage
    • Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?
    • Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day
  9. verb have life, be alive
    be; live.
    • Our great leader is no more
    • My grandfather lived until the end of war
  10. verb have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
    live; know; experience.
    • I know the feeling!
    • have you ever known hunger?
    • I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict
    • The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare
    • I lived through two divorces
  11. verb pursue a positive and satisfying existence
    • You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live
  12. adjective pertaining to living persons
    • within living memory
  13. adjective satellite true to life; lifelike
    • the living image of her mother
  14. adjective satellite (informal) absolute
    • she is a living doll
    • scared the living daylights out of them
    • beat the living hell out of him
  15. adjective satellite 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
  16. adjective satellite still in active use
    • a living language
  17. adjective satellite (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried;
    • carved into the living stone

Liv"ing noun
  1. The state of one who, or that which, lives; lives; life; existence. "Health and living." Shak.
  2. Manner of life; as, riotous living; penurious living; earnest living. " A vicious living." Chaucer.
  3. Means of subsistence; sustenance; estate.
    She can spin for her living. Shak.
    He divided unto them his living. Luke xv. 12.
  4. Power of continuing life; the act of living, or living comfortably.
    There is no living without trusting somebody or other in some cases. L' Estrange.
  5. The benefice of a clergyman; an ecclesiastical charge which a minister receives. Eng.
    He could not get a deanery, a prebend, or even a living Macaulay.

Webster 1913

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