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living

[liv-ing]
adjective
  1. having life; being alive; not dead: living persons.
  2. in actual existence or use; extant: living languages.
  3. active or thriving; vigorous; strong: a living faith.
  4. burning or glowing, as a coal.
  5. flowing freely, as water.
  6. pertaining to, suitable for, or sufficient for existence or subsistence: living conditions; a living wage.
  7. of or relating to living persons: within living memory.
  8. lifelike; true to life, as a picture or narrative.
  9. in its natural state and place; not uprooted, changed, etc.: living rock.
  10. Informal. very; absolute (used as an intensifier): You scared the living daylights out of me! He's making her life a living hell.
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noun
  1. the act or condition of a person or thing that lives: Living is very expensive these days.
  2. the means of maintaining life; livelihood: to earn one's living.
  3. a particular manner, state, or status of life: luxurious living.
  4. (used with a plural verb) living persons collectively (usually preceded by the): glad to be among the living.
  5. British. the benefice of a clergyman.
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Origin of living

before 900; (adj.) Middle English lyvyng(e); replacing earlier liviende, Old English lifgende (see live1, -ing2); (noun) Middle English living(e) (see -ing1)
Related formsliv·ing·ly, adverbliv·ing·ness, nounnon·liv·ing, adjective, nounqua·si-liv·ing, adjectiveun·liv·ing, adjective

Synonyms for living

1. live, quick. 2. existing, surviving. 3. lively, flourishing. 12. sustenance, subsistence.

Synonym study

12. Living, livelihood, maintenance, support refer, directly or indirectly, to what is earned or spent for subsistence. Living and livelihood (a somewhat more formal word), both refer to what one earns to keep (oneself) alive, but are seldom interchangeable within the same phrase: to earn one's living; to seek one's livelihood. “To make a living” suggests making just enough to keep alive, and is particularly frequent in the negative: You cannot make a living out of that. “To make a livelihood out of something” suggests rather making a business of it: to make a livelihood out of trapping foxes. Maintenance and support refer usually to what is spent for the living of another: to provide for the maintenance or support of someone. Maintenance occasionally refers to the allowance itself provided for livelihood: They are entitled to a maintenance from this estate.

Antonyms for living

1. dead.
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Historical Examples of nonliving

  • Although in some respects a deceptive resemblance may appear between the living and the nonliving, the distinction is definite.


British Dictionary definitions for nonliving

living

adjective
    1. possessing life; not dead
    2. (as collective noun preceded by the)the living
  1. having the characteristics of life (used esp to distinguish organisms from nonliving matter)
  2. currently in use or validliving language
  3. seeming to be reala living image
  4. (of animals or plants) existing in the present age; extantCompare extinct (def. 1)
  5. geology another word for live 2 (def. 15)
  6. presented by actors before a live audienceliving theatre
  7. (prenominal) (intensifier)the living daylights
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noun
  1. the condition of being alive
  2. the manner in which one conducts one's lifefast living
  3. the means, esp the financial means, whereby one lives
  4. Church of England another term for benefice
  5. (modifier) of, involving, or characteristic of everyday lifeliving area
  6. (modifier) of or involving those now alive (esp in the phrase living memory)
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Word Origin and History for nonliving

living

adj.

"alive," also "residing, staying," c.1200, from present participle of live (v.)).

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living

n.

"living persons," late Old English; early 14c. as "the fact of dwelling in some place," from Old English lifiende "that lives or has life," present participle of lifan (see live (v.)). The meaning "action, process, or method of gaining one's livelihood" is attested from c.1400.

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