Someone who's living is alive. You might talk about your living grandparents to distinguish them from the ones who died before you were born.

When you talk about animals and people, you can call them living beings. and you can also use this adjective to mean "used" or "active," like a living language that continues to be spoken. As a noun, living means the state of being alive or "enough money to live." You might say, for example, that you write poetry for fun, but you work cleaning hotel rooms to earn a living.

Definitions of living
  1. adjective
    pertaining to living persons
    “within living memory”
  2. adjective
    still in existence
    “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”
    synonyms: surviving
    still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
  3. adjective
    still in active use
    “a living language”
    still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
  4. adjective
    true to life; lifelike
    “the living image of her mother”
    aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are
  5. noun
    the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
    synonyms: life
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    type of:
    the content of direct observation or participation in an event
  6. noun
    people who are still living
    “save your pity for the living
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    people who are no longer living
    type of:
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  7. noun
    the condition of living or the state of being alive
    synonyms: aliveness, animation, life
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    eternal life, life eternal
    life without beginning or end
    a person's skin regarded as their life
    endurance, survival
    a state of surviving; remaining alive
    a means of surviving
    type of:
    being, beingness, existence
    the state or fact of existing
  8. noun
    the financial means whereby one lives
    synonyms: bread and butter, keep, livelihood, support, sustenance
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    amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts
    things that make you comfortable and at ease
    means of maintenance of a family or group
    meal ticket
    a source of income or livelihood
    minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
    type of:
    available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
  9. adjective
    (informal) absolute
    “she is a living doll”
    “scared the living daylights out of them”
    “beat the living hell out of him”
    perfect or complete or pure
  10. adjective
    (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried
    “carved into the living stone”
    exerting force or containing energy
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