- having life; being alive; not dead: living persons.
- in actual existence or use; extant: living languages.
- active or thriving; vigorous; strong: a living faith.
- burning or glowing, as a coal.
- flowing freely, as water.
- pertaining to, suitable for, or sufficient for existence or subsistence: living conditions; a living wage.
- of or relating to living persons: within living memory.
- lifelike; true to life, as a picture or narrative.
- in its natural state and place; not uprooted, changed, etc.: living rock.
- Informal. very; absolute (used as an intensifier): You scared the living daylights out of me! He’s making her life a living hell.
- the act or condition of a person or thing that lives: Living is very expensive these days.
- the means of maintaining life; livelihood: to earn one’s living.
- a particular manner, state, or status of life: luxurious living.
- (used with a plural verb) living persons collectively (usually preceded by the): glad to be among the living.
- British. the benefice of a clergyman.
- possessing life; not dead
- (as collective noun preceded by the)the living
- having the characteristics of life (used esp to distinguish organisms from nonliving matter)
- currently in use or validliving language
- seeming to be reala living image
- (of animals or plants) existing in the present age; extantCompare extinct (def. 1)
- geology another word for live 2 (def. 15)
- presented by actors before a live audienceliving theatre
- (prenominal) (intensifier)the living daylights
- the condition of being alive
- the manner in which one conducts one’s lifefast living
- the means, esp the financial means, whereby one lives
- Church of England another term for benefice
- (modifier) of, involving, or characteristic of everyday lifeliving area
- (modifier) of or involving those now alive (esp in the phrase living memory)
adj.“alive,” also “residing, staying,” c.1200, from present participle of live (v.)). 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.