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



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪvɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪvɪŋ//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] money to buy the things that you need in life She earns her living as a freelance journalist. to make a good/decent/meagre living What do you do for a living? to scrape/scratch a living from part-time tutoring
  2. 2[uncountable] a way or style of life everyday living communal living plain living Their standard of living is very low. The cost of living has risen sharply. poor living conditions/standards
  3. 3the living [plural] people who are alive now the living and the dead
  4. 4[countable] (British English) (especially in the past) a position in the Church as a priest and the income and house that go with this synonym benefice
  5. Extra examples He asked what I did for a living. He makes a good living as a builder. Her dream was to earn her living as a singer. She eked out a meagre living as an artist’s model. Ten acres provides a decent living for a rural family. They were forced to scrape a living by selling things on the streets. Most homes for the elderly are based on communal living, with pensioners spending the daytime in a common space. The classes are about helping children make informed choices about healthy living. The prisoners’ living conditions were appalling. We need to reconsider our daily living arrangements.Idioms
    in the land of the living
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    (often humorous) awake or alive or no longer ill/sick I’m glad to see you’re back in the land of the living. We were worried about you. By lunchtime I’d returned to the land of the living.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: living