What is the meaning of living?


  • The experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities.
    • usage: "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
  • People who are still living.
    • usage: "save your pity for the living"
  • The condition of living or the state of being alive.
    • usage: "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
  • The financial means whereby one lives.
    • usage: "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"


  • Inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of.
    • usage: "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"; "deer are populating the woods"
  • Lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style.
    • usage: "we had to live frugally after the war"
  • Continue to live through hardship or adversity.
    • usage: "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water"
  • Support oneself.
    • usage: "he could barely exist on such a low wage"; "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City"; "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"
  • Have life, be alive.
    • usage: "Our great leader is no more"; "My grandfather lived until the end of war"
  • Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations.
    • usage: "I know the feeling"; "have you ever known hunger"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces"
  • Pursue a positive and satisfying existence.
    • usage: "You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live"


  • Pertaining to living persons.
    • usage: "within living memory"
  • True to life; lifelike.
    • usage: "the living image of her mother"
  • Informal) absolute. (
    • usage: "she is a living doll"; "scared the living daylights out of them"; "beat the living hell out of him"
  • Still in existence.
    • usage: "the Wollemi pine found in Australia is a surviving specimen of a conifer thought to have been long extinct and therefore known as a living fossil"; "the only surviving frontier blockhouse in Pennsylvania"
  • Still in active use.
    • usage: "a living language"
  • Used of minerals or stone. ( in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried)
    • usage: "carved into the living stone";
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APAWordNet. (2010). living. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/living/definitions/1177674
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "living" http://smartdefine.org/living/definitions/1177674 (accessed April 22, 2019).
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