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Noun: living  li-ving
  1. The experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
    "he could no longer cope with the complexities of living";
    - life
     
  2. People who are still living
    "save your pity for the living"
     
  3. The condition of living or the state of being alive
    "while there's living there's hope";
    - animation, life, aliveness
     
  4. The financial means whereby one lives
    - support, keep, livelihood, bread and butter, sustenance
Adjective: living  li-ving
  1. Pertaining to living persons
    "within living memory"
     
  2. True to life; lifelike
    "the living image of her mother"
     
  3. (informal) absolute
    "she is a living doll"; "scared the living daylights out of them"; "beat the living hell out of him"
     
  4. Still in existence
    "the Wollemi pine found in Australia is a surviving specimen of a conifer thought to have been long extinct and therefore known as a living fossil";
    - surviving
     
  5. Still in active use
    "a living language"
     
  6. (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried
    "carved into the living stone"
Verb: live  lIv
  1. Be an inhabitant of; spend most of one's life in
    "People lived in Africa millions of years ago";
    - populate, dwell, inhabit
     
  2. Lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style
    "we had to live frugally after the war"
     
  3. Continue to live through hardship or adversity
    "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "These superstitions live on in the backwaters of America";
    - survive, last, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold out
     
  4. Support oneself
    "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?";
    - exist, survive, subsist
     
  5. Have life, be alive
    "My grandfather lived until the end of war";
    - be
     
  6. Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
    "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces";
    - know, experience
     
  7. Pursue a positive and satisfying existence
    "You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live"

Derived forms: livings

See also: absolute, alive, dead, extant, live, live in, live out, realistic

Type of: be, being, beingness, existence, experience, go through, people, resource, see

Antonym: dead

Encyclopedia: Living, Learning and Earning

Live, May 1992