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Definition 1: the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could no longer cope with the complexities of life

Synonyms for living in the sense of this definition

(living is a kind of ...) the content of direct observation or participation in an event

"he had a religious experience" "he recalled the experience vividly"

Definition 2: people who are still living - [noun denoting group]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • save your pity for the living

(living is a kind of ...) (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

"old people" "there were at least 200 people in the audience"

Definition 3: the financial means whereby one lives - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • each child was expected to pay for their keep
  • he applied to the state for support
  • he could no longer earn his own livelihood

Synonyms for living in the sense of this definition

(living is a kind of ...) available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed

(... is a kind of living ) things that make you comfortable and at ease

"all the comforts of home"

(... is a kind of living ) means of maintenance of a family or group

(... is a kind of living ) a source of income or livelihood

(... is a kind of living ) minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting

"social security provided only a bare subsistence"

Definition 4: the condition of living or the state of being alive - [noun denoting state]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • while there's life there's hope
  • life depends on many chemical and physical processes

Synonyms for living in the sense of this definition

(living is a kind of ...) the state or fact of existing

"a point of view gradually coming into being" "laws in existence for centuries" "he appeared on the face of the earth one day"

(... is a kind of living ) life without beginning or end

(... is a kind of living ) a person's skin regarded as their life

"he tried to save his skin"

(... is a kind of living ) a state of surviving; remaining alive

(... are attributes of living) possessing life

"the happiest person alive" "the nerve is alive" "doctors are working hard to keep him alive" "burned alive" "a live canary"

(... are attributes of living) no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

"the nerve is dead" "a dead pallor" "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"

Definition 5: pertaining to living persons - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • within living memory

Definition 6: (informal) absolute - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she is a living doll
  • scared the living daylights out of them
  • beat the living hell out of him

(living is similar to ...) perfect or complete or pure

"absolute loyalty" "absolute silence" "absolute truth" "absolute alcohol"

(living is used in the usage domain ...) a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies

"`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier" "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"

(living is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 7: still in existence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • the only surviving frontier blockhouse in Pennsylvania

Synonyms for living in the sense of this definition

(living is similar to ...) still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

"extant manuscripts" "specimens of graphic art found among extant barbaric folk"

Definition 8: (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • carved into the living stone

(living is similar to ...) exerting force or containing energy

"live coals" "tossed a live cigarette out the window" "got a shock from a live wire" "live ore is unmined ore" "a live bomb" "a live ball is one in play"

Definition 9: true to life; lifelike - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the living image of her mother

(living is similar to ...) aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are

"a realistic description" "a realistic view of the possibilities" "a realistic appraisal of our chances" "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"

Definition 10: still in active use - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where living or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a living language

(living is similar to ...) still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

"extant manuscripts" "specimens of graphic art found among extant barbaric folk"

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