Definition of living adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪvɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪvɪŋ//
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  1. 1  alive now all living things living organisms the finest living pianist The elephant is the biggest living land animal.
  2. 2  [only before noun] used or practised now living languages (= those still spoken) a living faith
  3. Idioms
    beat/knock the (living) daylights out of somebody
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    (informal) to hit somebody very hard several times and hurt them very much Get out or I’ll beat the living daylights out of you!
    be living proof of something/that…
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    to show by your actions or qualities that a particular fact is true These figures are living proof of the government's incompetence. He is living proof that not all engineers are boring.
    frighten/scare the (living) daylights out of somebody
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    (informal) to frighten somebody very much
    within/in living memory
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    at a time, or during the time, that is remembered by people still alive the coldest winter in living memory
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: living