living

[ liv-ing ]
/ ˈlɪv ɪŋ /
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adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. liveware,
  2. liveyer,
  3. livia drusilla,
  4. livid,
  5. lividly,
  6. living bandage,
  7. living bank,
  8. living daylights,
  9. living death,
  10. living end, the

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)

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

ANTONYMS FOR living
1. dead.

Related forms

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for nonliving

living

/ (ˈlɪvɪŋ) /

adjective

noun

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Word Origin and History for nonliving
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