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Meaning of “living” in the English Dictionary

"living" in British English

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livingadjective

uk   us   /ˈlɪv.ɪŋ/
  • living adjective (HAVING LIFE)

B2 alive now: living ​organisms He is ​probably the best-known living ​architect.

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livingnoun

uk   us   /ˈlɪv.ɪŋ/
  • living noun (MONEY)

B2 [C] the ​money that you ​earn from ​yourjob: What do you do for a living? (= What is ​yourjob?) I ​mean, I don't like my ​job but at least it's a living (= a way of ​earningmoney).
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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 ​rightattitude. [C] old-fashioned in the Church of ​England, the ​job, given to a ​priest, of being in ​charge of a ​particulararea

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  • living noun (WAY OF LIFE)

[U] the way in which you ​liveyourlife: country/​healthy living
(Definition of living from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"living" in American English

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livingplural noun

 us   /ˈlɪv·ɪŋ/
  • living plural noun (PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIFE)

people who are still ​alive: On this ​anniversary of the ​tragedy we ​remember the living as well as the ​dead.

livingadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈlɪv·ɪŋ/
Living is also used in some ​expressions to make them ​stronger: He’s the living ​image of his ​father (= ​looksexactly like his ​father).

livingnoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɪv·ɪŋ/
  • living noun [C] (STAYING ALIVE)

the way you ​earnmoney; ​yourjob: What do you do for a living? She’s not ​happyworking at the ​hospital but at least it’s a living.
(Definition of living from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"living" in Business English

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livingnoun

uk   us   /ˈlɪvɪŋ/
[S] the ​money you ​earn from the ​work you do: He earns a living as an IT ​consultant. More ​people are looking at alternative ways of making a living.a good/comfortable/modest living He took a ​job in the City because he couldn't make a good living out of his writing.
do sth for a living to do something as your ​job or a way of making ​money: What does he do for a living? She writes a ​financialcolumn for a living.
[U] the way in which you ​live your ​life: living conditions/standards The ​investment poured into the ​region over the last 20 ​years has done much to ​improve living ​standards. Wages tend to be ​higher in the south, but so are living ​costs.daily/everyday/day-to-day living The ​economicdownturn has seen ​peoplestruggle with the basic ​costs of ​day-to-day living. ethical/​green/modern living rural/​urban/city living
(Definition of living from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “living”
in Arabic رِزْق, كَسْب العَيْش…
in Korean 생활비…
in Portuguese sustento…
in Catalan la vida…
in Japanese 生計…
in Chinese (Simplified) 活的, 活着的,在世的, 现存的…
in Turkish kazanç, geçim, geçinme…
in Russian средства к существованию…
in Chinese (Traditional) 活的, 活著的,在世的, 現存的…
in Italian stipendio…
in Polish utrzymanie…
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