living

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɪvɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪvɪŋ

Verb[edit]

living

  1. present participle of live

Adjective[edit]

living (not comparable)

  1. Having life; alive.
    a living, breathing child
    Respect for the dead does not preclude respect for the living.
    • 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. Of rock or stone, existing in its original state and place.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      This we followed for about five paces, when it suddenly widened out into a small chamber, about eight feet square, and hewn out of the living rock.
  6. Continually updated; not static
    HTML is a living standard.
  7. Used as an intensifier.
    He almost beat the living daylights out of me.

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Noun[edit]

living (countable and uncountable, plural livings)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being alive.
  2. Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood
    What do you do for a living?
  3. A style of life.
    plain living
  4. (canon law) A position in a church (usually the Church of England) that has attached to it a source of income; an ecclesiastical benefice.
    • 1616, Henry Spelman, De Non Temerandis Ecclesijs [Churches Not to Be Violated]. A Tract of the Rights and Respect Due unto Churches. [], 2nd edition, London: [] Iohn Beale, OCLC 309030775, pages 2–3:
      A Rectory or Parſonage, is a Spirituall liuing, compoſed of Land, Tythe, and other Oblations of the people, ſeparate or dedicate to God in any Congregation, for the ſeruice of his Church there, and for the maintenance of the Gouernour or Miniſter thereof, to vvhoſe charge the ſame is committed.
    • 2015, GR Evans, Edward Hicks: Pacifist Bishop at War:
      The patron of the living who had the right to nominate a particular priest might make the choice, but the living was actually granted by the local bishop.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French living or less plausibly an independent truncated borrowing from English living room.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɪ.vɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: li‧ving

Noun[edit]

living m (plural livings)

  1. (Belgium) A living room.
    Synonyms: huiskamer, woonkamer

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English living (room).

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Noun[edit]

living m (plural livings)

  1. living room

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English living room.

Noun[edit]

living m

  1. living room
    Synonym: soggiorno

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English living (room).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlibin/, [ˈli.β̞ĩn]

Noun[edit]

living m (plural livings)

  1. (Argentina) living room
    Synonym: sala de estar

Usage notes[edit]

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.

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