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English definition of “living”


noun (MONEY)    /ˈlɪv.ɪŋ/
B2 [C] the money that you earn from your job : What do you do for a living? (= What is your job ?) I mean , I don't like my job but at least it's a living (= a way of earning money ). → See also livelihoodEarning money and money earned make a living to earn enough money to buy the things you need: Everyone has to make a living. You can make a good living (= earn a lot of money ) in sales if you have the right attitude . [C] old-fashioned in the Church of England , the job , given to a priest , of being in charge of a particular area Jobs, careers and professionsWorking
(Definition of living noun (MONEY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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