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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 British English

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livingadjective

uk   /ˈlɪv.ɪŋ/  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   /ˈlɪv.ɪŋ/  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).
See also
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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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)
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