living

adjective
liv·ing | \ ˈli-viŋ \

Definition of living 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having life

b : active, functioning living languages

2a : exhibiting the life or motion of nature : natural the wilderness is a living museum … of natural historyNEA Jour.

b : live entry 2 sense 2a

3a : full of life or vigor

b : true to life : vivid televised in living color

c : suited for living the living area

4 : involving living persons

5 : very used as an intensive scared the living daylights out of me

living

noun

Definition of living (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the condition of being alive

2a : means of subsistence : livelihood earning a living

b archaic : estate, property

c British : benefice sense 1

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

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Other words from living

Adjective

livingness noun

Examples of living in a Sentence

Adjective

I was taught to respect all living things. His aunt is his closest living relative. He's one of our greatest living authors. It was the first time I had ever seen a living, breathing bear in the wild.

Noun

the challenges of city living It's summertime, and the living is easy. the living and the dead The world belongs to the living.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Among living spaces is a chef's kitchen with smokeless hibachi grills and a master suite with two walk-in closets and a private terrace. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Former Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson sells Beverly Crest contemporary for $16 million," 9 Mar. 2018 By making the audience constantly second-guess her motives based on very little evidence, the mystery of Renée demonstrated how living life undercover, never trusting anyone, can warp you. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Americans seeks a new “START” in a tremendous series finale," 31 May 2018 The Mesa City Councilvoted to introduce its own sober living home ordinance Monday night, which will require operatorsto be licensed with the city. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Waiting for state sober living home rules, cities add their own restrictions," 7 July 2018 Its flexible design also allows for the addition of a second floor for even more living space. Tony Bacewicz, courant.com, "North Woods of Colchester, Colchester," 22 Mar. 2018 Gray’s predecessor, the Rev. Lester K. Jackson, a progressive civil rights leader, argued for better employment opportunities and improved living conditions for blacks. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Longtime Gary minster dead at 90," 8 May 2018 Putin took the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian president on Monday and promised to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country. Washington Post, "Putin vows to boost Russian economy as he begins 4th term," 8 May 2018 That’s a remarkable figure, considering that just within living memory fewer than 5,000 people called the neighborhood home. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Reseda, a Valley proxy, is slightly sleepy but not sluggish," 13 Apr. 2018 The need for more living donors has prompted BJC officials to explore joining a Johns Hopkins Medicine pilot program for a Facebook app directed at people in need of an organ donation. Rachel Rice, chicagotribune.com, "Amid long waits for organ transplants, some launch their own searches," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thanks to our viewers for inviting me into your living rooms every single night. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "ABC10 adds 2 reporters and an anchor, and all 3 announced their hiring on social media," 9 July 2018 No country is more passionate about its soccer, more devoted to its World Cup team, and more willing to hand over control of its national mood to a group of young men who kick a ball for a living. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "'Brazil's Donald Trump': World Cup fate impacts far-right presidential candidate," 6 July 2018 There are a lot of ideas for how to get smart assistants into your living room. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Polk Command Bar review: As seen near TV," 3 July 2018 Latinos or African Americans, among them teens whose parents clean houses for a living, are told to clean up after white students. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 Tourism is the lifeblood of the tribe's economy, with many residents making a living by working in the area's lodge, cafe and small store, or packing camping gear onto the backs of mules headed up and down an eight-mile trail. Felicia Fonseca And Alina Hartounian, chicagotribune.com, "Flash flood sends tourists to high ground near Grand Canyon," 13 July 2018 His background, physical strength and mental toughness and desire to compete — all of that combined to make Appleby an ideal candidate to make a living in an intense environment. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Former U of L punter Josh Appleby now holds vital role for NASCAR team," 13 July 2018 Tourism is the lifeblood of the tribe’s economy, with many residents making a living by working in the area’s lodge, cafe and small store, or packing camping gear onto the backs of mules headed up and down an eight-mile trail. Washington Post, "Flooding forces 200 evacuations near Grand Canyon waterfalls," 12 July 2018 The starting wages for a U46 school bus driver is $18.48 an hour, followed by annual cost-of-living increases, according to the drivers’ most recent contract. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin-area school districts still looking for bus drivers but don't expect start-of-school problems," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of living

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of living was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for living

living

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of living

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not dead : having life

: currently active or being used

: having the form of a person who is alive

living

noun

English Language Learners Definition of living (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

living

adjective
liv·ing | \ ˈli-viŋ \

Kids Definition of living

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

living

noun

Kids Definition of living (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the condition of being alive

2 : conduct or manner of life healthy living

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

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