living

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.

Primary Meanings of living

1.
adjn
pertaining to living persons
the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
2.
n
the financial means whereby one lives
3.
adj
(informal) absolute
4.
adj
(used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried
Full Definitions of living
1

adj pertaining to living persons

“within living memory”

adj 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
extant
still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

adj still in active use

“a living language”
Synonyms:
extant
still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

adj true to life; lifelike

“the living image of her mother”
Synonyms:
realistic
aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

n the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities

Synonyms:
life
Type of:
experience
the content of direct observation or participation in an event

n people who are still living

“save your pity for the living
Antonyms:
dead
people who are no longer living
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

n the condition of living or the state of being alive

Synonyms:
aliveness, animation, life
Types:
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eternal life, life eternal
life without beginning or end
skin
a person's skin regarded as their life
endurance, survival
a state of surviving; remaining alive
subsistence
a means of surviving
Type of:
being, beingness, existence
the state or fact of existing
2

n 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
maintenance
means of maintenance of a family or group
meal ticket
a source of income or livelihood
subsistence
minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting
Type of:
resource
available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
3

adj (informal) absolute

“she is a living doll”
“scared the living daylights out of them”
“beat the living hell out of him”
Synonyms:
absolute
perfect or complete or pure
4

adj (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried

“carved into the living stone”
Synonyms:
live
exerting force or containing energy

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