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English adjective: living

1. living pertaining to living persons

SamplesWithin living memory.

2. living true to life; lifelike

SamplesThe living image of her mother.



3. living (informal) absolute

SamplesShe is a living doll.
Scared the living daylights out of them.
Beat the living hell out of him.


Domain usageintensifier, intensive

Antonymsrelative, comparative

4. living still in existence

SamplesThe 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.
The only surviving frontier blockhouse in Pennsylvania.



Antonymsextinct, nonextant

5. living still in active use

SamplesA living language.


Antonymsextinct, nonextant

6. living (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried

SamplesCarved into the living stone.



English noun: living

1. living (cognition) the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities

SamplesHe could no longer cope with the complexities of life.


Broader (hypernym)experience

2. living (group) people who are still living

SamplesSave your pity for the living.

Broader (hypernym)people


3. living (state) the condition of living or the state of being alive

SamplesWhile there's life there's hope.
Life depends on many chemical and physical processes.

Synonymsaliveness, animation, life

Broader (hypernym)being, beingness, existence

Narrower (hyponym)endurance, eternal life, life eternal, skin, survival

Attributealive, dead, live

4. living (possession) the financial means whereby one lives

SamplesEach child was expected to pay for their keep.
He applied to the state for support.
He could no longer earn his own livelihood.

Synonymsbread and butter, keep, livelihood, support, sustenance

Broader (hypernym)resource

Narrower (hyponym)amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts, maintenance, meal ticket, subsistence

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