Definition of living in English:

living

noun

  • 1usually in singular An income sufficient to live on or the means of earning it.

    ‘she was struggling to make a living as a dancer’
    ‘what does he do for a living?’
    • ‘Like their counterparts in the drug trade, the people smugglers seek to make a living from other people's misery.’
    • ‘And what does this lady do for a living to get a nickname like that?’
    • ‘Many men and women came to these cities from rural poverty, hoping to find a decent living.’
    • ‘Children do not have free time, since they must help their families make a living.’
    • ‘Would that tell you how many partners I might have had, what TV shows I watch, and what I might do for a living?’
    • ‘There are men who like much older women, but there aren't enough of them for a girl to make a proper living.’
    • ‘But as I said, I'm aware of the problems earning enough money to make a living.’
    • ‘On a very basic level, you seem ignorant of what you and I do for a living.’
    • ‘The yield may not be large but farmers manage to feed their family and make a living.’
    • ‘This is real freedom, the freedom for a person - or a nation - to make a living.’
    • ‘Before the family group stayed together and tried to make a living.’
    • ‘The gift of a sheep will provide a small farming family with the means to make a living.’
    • ‘Many of the ballet artistes continue performing because it is too late for them to look to any other profession to make a living.’
    • ‘We don't mind how you ride waves, or where, or why, or how often, where you live, or what you do for a living.’
    • ‘At this juncture a small living is offered to Edward, and the way seems open for his marriage with Lucy.’
    • ‘Also, more than one in four Hispanic families earns a living below the national poverty level.’
    • ‘Artificial government intervention is what you happen to do for a living.’
    • ‘They were never rich, but our grandparents managed to work long, hard hours to raise a family and make a living.’
    • ‘Unable to find enough energy to hit a ball his confidence drained away and, with no income, he took a job folding clothes and stacking shelves for a living.’
    • ‘You take a guy who works hard all week trying to raise a family and earn a living.’
    livelihood, income, source of income, means of support, means, subsistence, keep, maintenance, sustenance, nourishment, daily bread, upkeep
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    1. 1.1British (in church use) a position as a vicar or rector with an income or property.
      ‘he was offered the living of St Katherine's’
      • ‘Edward was a younger son, and - after ordination - was given the living at Lowick.’
      • ‘In 1487, eager to appease France, Pope Innocent VIII granted James III an ‘indult’, giving him the right to prefer to Scottish livings and higher Church posts.’
      • ‘Perhaps as many as 3,000 Anglican clergy lost their livings and had the Presbyterian form of church government survived, as it ultimately did in Scotland, the Anglicans would have finished up as dissenters.’
      • ‘Ordained in 1675, Flamsteed received the income of the living of Burstow, Surrey from 1684.’
      • ‘The second is the Black Death, in which half the livings in the Church changed hands - which tells one something about its impact.’
      • ‘He first acquired the vicarage of Sutton-on-the-Forest, later gaining a second living at Stillington.’
      • ‘In 1560 he took holy orders, and the following year resigned his post at Ely Cathedral in order to take up a living at Doddington in the Isle of Ely.’
  • 2mass noun, with adjective or noun modifier The pursuit of a lifestyle of the specified type.

    ‘the benefits of country living’
    • ‘Our councils are already doing a fantastic job of developing lifestyle choices and active living.’
    • ‘She says communal living suits her better than any white picket fence in the suburbs could.’
    • ‘Indoor living meets outdoor lifestyle on both levels of the house.’
    • ‘Aches and pains and sore muscles are almost synonymous with sporting and recreational activities, and just day-to-day living.’
    • ‘The Resource Group for Deafened People plan to demonstrate how hearing appliances can make daily living easier.’
    • ‘For all the excitement of modern life on your doorstep, city centre living cannot be beaten.’
    • ‘We then calculated degree of cognitive impairment, function in activities of daily living, and behavioural disturbances.’
    • ‘Now confined to bed or a wheel chair, he was completely dependent on staff for all activities of daily living.’
    • ‘She is the newest addition to the long list of star ambassadors preaching the benefits of healthy living.’
    • ‘Lesson No 3: thrifty living means getting closer to your neighbourhood.’
    • ‘Standards of living and lifestyles also became very similar in rural and urban areas.’
    • ‘Other people may think that our habits of daily living are trivial and stupid, but to us they concern surviving as a person.’
    • ‘The huge growth of inner-city apartment living has seen Port Jackson's enrolment soar in recent years.’
    way of life, lifestyle, manner of living, way of living, mode of living, life
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adjective

  • 1Alive.

    ‘living creatures’
    ‘flowers were for the living’
    • ‘I have a basic difficulty in forming a meaningful connection with any living creature who cannot communicate in coherent sentences.’
    • ‘The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead?’
    • ‘He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.’
    • ‘Biotechnology is the use of living organisms or biological substances to discover or produce therapeutic remedies.’
    • ‘Druids believed that souls of the dead returned to their former homes to be entertained by the living.’
    • ‘Anyone who is among the living has hope - even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!’
    • ‘But once you have a living reproducing thing, you then have selection coming into play.’
    • ‘It has nothing to do with the sex of a living creature.’
    • ‘I sit beside a rockpool, watching the tiny shells of living creatures, hundreds of them, going about their lives.’
    • ‘The garden was a living, breathing, creature that now seemed intent upon swallowing her up.’
    • ‘For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.’
    • ‘The biological information of a living organism is biological information.’
    • ‘Because yeast is a living organism, it breathes, grows and changes over time.’
    • ‘Luke 16, clearly illustrates that an impassable gulf separates the dead from the living.’
    • ‘We suspect that the way we treat the bodies of the dead is inevitably linked to how we treat the bodies of the living.’
    • ‘They also had this machine that replicated food so that no living creature had to be killed to keep them alive.’
    • ‘For their sake, he made them all perish in the next instant, dying as quick as a living creature could possibly.’
    • ‘The survivors often say God saved them but if he chose to save the living, did he choose to kill the lost?’
    • ‘God makes fowl and whales and every living creature.’
    • ‘These enter the bodies of living creatures, but cannot be removed.’
    alive, live, having life
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    1. 1.1attributive (of a place) used for living rather than working in.
      ‘the living quarters of the pub’
      • ‘A porch off the great room extends the living space out to a courtyard with a dipping pool and deluxe alfresco kitchen.’
      • ‘The living area includes a central open fireplace with space either side for bookcases or shelving units.’
      • ‘Its mass and opacity, rather than walls, separate the main bedroom from the living area.’
      • ‘A blog is a sort of extended living area and it's strange how the energy exchange you take part in there can affect you in your real life.’
      • ‘Here the view itself provided the catalyst as Ron created a living space offering a backdrop to the panorama, rather than the other way round.’
      • ‘Washing hands and cleaning the living place become the new habits.’
      • ‘There will also have sliding doors separating the second bedroom from a reception room so that the living space can be extended if needed.’
      • ‘A good deck transports you to another world, or at the very least extends your living space outdoors.’
      • ‘So, CRT and widescreen meet only if you're willing to give up many cubic feet of your living space to accommodate them.’
      • ‘There is a rumpus room and the living area is very spacious and has air-conditioning for your comfort.’
      • ‘These include kitchens, eating areas, living places, bathing facilities and so on.’
      • ‘Down below was an open kitchen, dining room and living space, with a corner fire place.’
      • ‘This type of building is seen mainly as a workshop, rather than as a living space, an idea borne out by the many loom weights found in these types of buildings.’
      • ‘More common than Internet is satellite TV, found in nearly every living area in the country.’
      • ‘Even if one has left his native place, he continues to perform ritualistic practices at his present living place.’
      • ‘They stretch their living space into public passageways or speak loudly at midnight.’
      • ‘I have my own living place and a new career, so things are really looking up.’
      • ‘The entire site is considered living space, with rooms formed both inside and out.’
      • ‘The aim of the scheme is to improve the city environment and make better use of living space.’
      • ‘My childhood room constituted the perfect living space because I'd never known anything else.’
    2. 1.2 (of a language) still spoken and used.
      • ‘If Irish is to survive as a living language, young people must be able to secure work in the Gaeltachts.’
      • ‘However, like all living language, this one is open to some resistance, albeit a somewhat piecemeal one.’
      • ‘A living language both accumulates new words of value and preserves what is old and of value.’
      • ‘Moreover, Irish had been a living language in a number of Protestant areas.’
      • ‘Unlike Latin, classical Arabic is still a living language, existing parallel to the dialects.’
      • ‘English is a living language but it will only stand so much abuse.’
      • ‘He later goes to the Basque country and is exposed to the living language.’
      • ‘All living languages borrow from other languages, both living and dead, and always have done.’
      • ‘The Basque language, also known as Euskera, is Europe's oldest living language.’
      • ‘Mrs Braham said the living languages evenings are a great way to encourage pupils to learn a new language.’
      • ‘English is a living language and as long as it is good communication, then why not use it.’
      • ‘When that happens, it ceases to be a living, spoken language, as happened to Sanskrit.’
      • ‘Each living language has implicit in it something analogous to a scientific paradigm, the system of thinking and memory that supports a way of life.’
      • ‘There have been brief illuminating instances of the living language over the years.’
      • ‘It can only be good to hear that ours is a living, flourishing language that will live on in all our communities for ever.’
      current, contemporary, present
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    3. 1.3literary attributive (of water) perennially flowing.
      ‘streams of living water’
      • ‘Just as water renews the parched ground, so this living water renews the servant.’
      • ‘They search far and wide to uncover the living waters and long to drink the passion of life.’
      • ‘The metaphor of the people being like trees planted by streams of living water is familiar in Jeremiah.’
      • ‘This side of the eschaton the Spirit pours forth living waters, filled with novelty.’
      • ‘He says to this woman that he has the gift of living water for her.’

Phrases

  • be (the) living proof that (or of)

    • Show by one's existence and qualities that something is the case.

      ‘she is living proof that hard work need not be ageing’
      • ‘This is living proof that under certain circumstances differences in life don't have to create friction.’
      • ‘Greg is living proof that there are bigger better things possible in this world, at least in terms of money.’
      • ‘It was the living proof of the old adage that man does not live by bread alone.’
      • ‘No, hold on a second - I was living proof that that wasn't true.’
      • ‘They said they were living proof that he did and would.’
      • ‘Not only that, she was living proof that athletes could be competitive on the world stage and be free of performance-enhancing drugs.’
      • ‘Melissa is living proof that even though exercise has many positive benefits, too much can be harmful.’
      • ‘She is living proof that for many, owning and operating a gallery is something that becomes a part of you that is difficult to leave behind.’
      • ‘Women who attended the group many years ago were there to show that they were living proof of the value of the Women Awake initiative.’
      • ‘I think that seeing my parents change their lives in such a fundamental way was living proof that change is always possible.’
  • in (or within) living memory

    • Within or during a time that is remembered by people still alive.

      ‘the worst recession in living memory’
      • ‘It was a portent of climatic things to come, which culminated in the worst floods in living memory in cities such as Prague and Dresden.’
      • ‘But it was still one of their worst electoral performances in living memory.’
      • ‘The land was now enclosed, paving the way for farming as a modem business; the agricultural labourers were penniless and struggling as never before - at least never before within living memory.’
      • ‘It's hard to credit it now, but there was a time within living memory when we tried to lure foreign tourists with romantic images of whitewashed cottages and rustic simplicity.’
      • ‘First, the sheer scale of the disaster puts it in the running for the dubious title of worst natural disaster in living memory.’
      • ‘The silage season of 2002 will be remembered as one of the worst in living memory.’
      • ‘Much of the region was reeling under the worst drought in living memory.’
      • ‘He said the summit had allowed only 75 minutes for discussion of the worst farming crisis in living memory.’
      • ‘An old farmer told her how this was the worst famine in living memory.’
      • ‘The tragedy is that as this scramble continues, Kenya is going through the worst economic slump in living memory.’
  • the living image of

    • An exact copy or likeness of.

      ‘he was the living image of Tyler’
      • ‘Perhaps it was just the bitterness of her home life shinning through, but for whatever reason, Holiday was the living image of bitterness.’
      • ‘And thus we know, as Kepler concluded, that man is made in the image, the living image of the Creator, to discover and use these universal principles, and to change the universe by using them.’
      • ‘You who refuse to bow before images also refuse to bow before the Son of God who is the living image of the invisible God, and his unchanging likeness.’
      • ‘His tiger side had saved his life often, yet it was just as capable of making him into the living image of a dangerous animal.’
      exact, faithful, true to life, speaking, authentic, genuine
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Pronunciation

living

/ˈlɪvɪŋ/