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living

adjective

Simple Definition of living

  • : not dead : having life

  • : currently active or being used

  • : having the form of a person who is alive

Full Definition of living

  1. 1 a :  having life b :  active, functioning <living languages>

  2. 2 a :  exhibiting the life or motion of nature :  natural <the wilderness is a living museum … of natural history — NEA Journal> b :  2live 2a

  3. 3 a :  full of life or vigor b :  true to life :  vivid <televised in living color> c :  suited for living <the living area>

  4. 4 :  involving living persons

  5. 5 :  very —used as an intensive <scared the living daylights out of me>

liv·ing·ness noun

Examples of living

  1. I was taught to respect all living things.

  2. His aunt is his closest living relative.

  3. He's one of our greatest living authors.

  4. It was the first time I had ever seen a living, breathing bear in the wild.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of living

before 12th century


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living

noun

Simple Definition of living

  • : a way of earning money : the money that someone needs to pay for housing, food, etc.

  • : a way of living

  • the living : people who are alive

Full Definition of living

  1. 1 :  the condition of being alive

  2. 2 a :  means of subsistence :  livelihood <earning a living> b archaic :  estate, property c British :  benefice 1

  3. 3 :  conduct or manner of life <the collegiate way of living — J. B. Conant>

Examples of living

  1. the challenges of city living

  2. It's summertime, and the living is easy.

  3. the living and the dead

  4. The world belongs to the living.



14th Century

First Known Use of living

14th century



LIVING Defined for Kids

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living

adjective liv·ing \ˈli-viŋ\

Definition of living

  1. 1 :  not dead :  alive <We're his closest living relatives.>

  2. 2 :  true to life <You are the living image of your parents.>




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living

noun

Definition of living

  1. 1 :  the condition of being alive

  2. 2 :  conduct or manner of life <healthy living>

  3. 3 :  what a person has to have to meet basic needs <She made a living as a cook.>





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