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  1. Present participle of live.


living (not comparable)

  1. Having life.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, 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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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. The holder of the position receives its revenue for the performance of stipulated duties.

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