• IPA: /ˈlɪvɪŋ/
  1. present participle of live#English|live

living (not comparable)

  1. Having life.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page ix:
      It is also pertinent to note that the current obvious decline in work on holarctic hepatics most surely reflects a current obsession with cataloging and with nomenclature of the organisms—as divorced from their study as living entities.
  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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  • German: Lebens-
  • Russian: жи́зненный
  • German: lebensecht


  1. (uncountable) The state of being alive.
  2. (plural, with "the", a demonstrative, or a possessive) Those who are alive.
    Respect for the dead does not preclude respect for the living.
  3. Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood
    What do you do for a living?
  4. A style of life.
    plain living
  5. (canon law) A position in a church (usually the Church of England) that has attached to it a source of income; an ecclesiastical benefice.
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