living

adjective
liv·​ing | \ ˈli-viŋ How to pronounce living (audio) \

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.
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

Jason was 10 years old and living outside of Houston. CBS News, "Podcast spotlights Mississippi double murder – can new DNA technology solve the cold case?," 29 June 2019 Such comparisons suggest that, through his irreverent transformations of classical material, Twombly conceived of the ancient past as a vivid, living thing, something to be bent and reconfigured at will rather than admired from a distance. Andrew Martin, Harper's magazine, "Not Mere Projection," 10 Mar. 2019 Since switching fields, Tarnita has focused her work on how living things orchestrate themselves itself into patterns on different scales. Quanta Magazine, "A Mathematician Who Decodes the Patterns Stamped Out by Life," 20 Dec. 2017 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jones is out of custody and living in Maricopa County while awaiting retrial in January 2020. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Attorneys back off on request to end GPS monitoring, curfew for NAU shooter," 9 July 2019 Oh to have been young and living in Detroit during the fall of 1966 when Chevrolet unveiled the head-turning 1967 Camaro as its answer to Ford’s equally flashy 1965 Mustang. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Fourth of July in Clawson, Rib Fest, Camaro Superfest, Oakland County Fair," 3 July 2019 What happened is one of the regrettable aspects of living in the 21st century. Dear Abby, oregonlive.com, "Dear Abby: Co-worker couple who decided to stick it out after surprise pregnancy might need to separate," 2 July 2019 Questions from the lovelorn, love-lost or betrayed; the confused parents, Bridezillas and angry in-laws — all provide insights into the daily struggles presented just by being human and living in the world. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Correcting the record on ammo," 1 July 2019 Questions from the lovelorn, love-lost or betrayed; the confused parents, Bridezillas, and angry in-laws — all provide insights into the daily struggles presented just by being human and living in the world. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy revisits the gun question that brought threats against her," 1 July 2019 Questions from the lovelorn, love-lost or betrayed; the confused parents, Bridezillas, and angry in-laws — all provide insights into the daily struggles presented just by being human and living in the world. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 1 July 2019 And the idea of living in two worlds simultaneously is directly a part of the show’s text as well. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s Los Espookys is tremendously funny and even more weird," 30 June 2019 The overall cost of living in big cities has risen drastically. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "'Gayborhoods' used to be a LGBT safe haven. Now, many LGBT people have been priced out," 29 June 2019

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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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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
: 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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