(noun, adjective, verb)


1. pertaining to living persons

- within living memory

2. true to life; lifelike

- the living image of her mother

Similar word(s): realistic

3. (informal) absolute

- she is a living doll

- scared the living daylights out of them

- beat the living hell out of him

Similar word(s): absolute

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

Similar word(s): extant, surviving

5. still in active use

- a living language

Similar word(s): extant

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

- carved into the living stone

Similar word(s): live

Sentences with living as an adjective:

- Hunanese is a living language.

- These living conditions are deplorable.

- This is the living image of Fidel Castro.

- He almost beat the living daylights out of me.


1. the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities

Similar word(s): life

Definition categories: thought, experience

2. people who are still living

- save your pity for the living

Definition categories: group, people

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

Similar word(s): aliveness, animation, life

Definition categories: state, being, beingness, existence

4. the financial means whereby one lives

Similar word(s): keep, livelihood, support, sustenance

Definition categories: possession, resource

Sentences with living as a noun:

- What do you do for a living?

- plain living


1. present participle of live