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Meaning of living by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /lɪvɪŋ/
    • Rhymes: -ɪvɪŋ



    1. Present participle of live .


    living ( not comparable )

    1. Having life.
    2. In use or existing .
      Hunanese is a living language .
    3. Of everyday life .
      These living conditions are deplorable .
    4. True to life .
      This is the living image of Fidel Castro .
    5. ( used as an intensifier )
      He almost beat the living daylights out of me .


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    living ( countable and uncountable; plural: livings )

    1. ( uncountable ) The state of being alive .
    2. Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood
      What do you do for a living?
    3. A style of life .
      plain living
    4. ( canon law ) A position in a church ( usually the Church of England ) that has attached to it a source of income. The holder of the position receives its revenue for the performance of stipulated duties .

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Explanation of living by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. absolute

    2. she is a living doll
      scared the living daylights out of them
      beat the living hell out of him
    3. ( used of minerals or stone ) in its natural state and place

    4. carved into the living stone
    5. still in active use

    6. a living language
    7. still in existence

    8. 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
    9. true to life

    10. the living image of her mother
    11. pertaining to living persons

    12. within living memory
    1. the experience of being alive

    2. people who are still living

    3. save your pity for the living
    4. the financial means whereby one lives

    5. the condition of living or the state of being alive