having life; being alive; not dead: living persons.
in actual existence or use; extant: living languages.
active or thriving; vigorous; strong: a living faith.
burning or glowing, as a coal.
flowing freely, as water.
pertaining to, suitable for, or sufficient for existence or subsistence: living conditions; a living wage.
of or pertaining to living persons: within living memory.
lifelike; true to life, as a picture or narrative.
in its natural state and place; not uprooted, changed, etc.: living rock.
very; absolute (used as an intensifier): to scare the living daylights out of someone.
the act or condition of a person or thing that lives: Living is very expensive these days.
the means of maintaining life; livelihood: to earn one's living.
a particular manner, state, or status of life: luxurious living.
(used with a plural verb) living persons collectively (usually preceded by the ): glad to be among the living.
British. the benefice of a clergyman.

before 900; (adj.) Middle English lyvyng(e); replacing earlier liviende, Old English lifgende (see live1, -ing2); (noun) Middle English living(e) (see -ing1)

livingly, adverb
livingness, noun
nonliving, adjective, noun
quasi-living, adjective
unliving, adjective

1. live, quick. 2. existing, surviving. 3. lively, flourishing. 12. sustenance, subsistence. Living, livelihood, maintenance, support refer, directly or indirectly, to what is earned or spent for subsistence. Living and livelihood (a somewhat more formal word), both refer to what one earns to keep (oneself) alive, but are seldom interchangeable within the same phrase: to earn one's living; to seek one's livelihood. “To make a living” suggests making just enough to keep alive, and is particularly frequent in the negative: You cannot make a living out of that. “To make a livelihood out of something” suggests rather making a business of it: to make a livelihood out of trapping foxes. Maintenance and support refer usually to what is spent for the living of another: to provide for the maintenance or support of someone. Maintenance occasionally refers to the allowance itself provided for livelihood: They are entitled to a maintenance from this estate.

1. dead. Unabridged


1 [liv]
verb (used without object), lived [livd] , living.
to have life, as an organism; be alive; be capable of vital functions: all things that live.
to continue to have life; remain alive: to live to a ripe old age.
to continue in existence, operation, memory, etc.; last: a book that lives in my memory.
to maintain or support one's existence; provide for oneself: to live on one's income.
to feed or subsist (usually followed by on or upon ): to live on rice and bananas.
to dwell or reside (usually followed by in, at, etc.): to live in a cottage.
to pass life in a specified manner: They lived happily ever after.
to direct or regulate one's life: to live by the golden rule.
to experience or enjoy life to the full: At 40 she was just beginning to live.
to cohabit (usually followed by with ).
to escape destruction or remain afloat, as a ship or aircraft.
verb (used with object), lived [livd] , living.
to pass (life): to live a life of ease.
to practice, represent, or exhibit in one's life: to live one's philosophy.
Verb phrases
live down, to live so as to allow (a mistake, disgrace, etc.) to be forgotten or forgiven: She'll never live that crucial moment of failure down.
live in/out, to reside at or away from the place of one's employment, especially as a domestic servant: Their butler lives in, but the maids live out.
live up to, to live in accordance with (expectations or an ideal or standard); measure up to: He never lived up to his father's vision of him.
live high off/on the hog. hog ( def 16 ).
live it up, Informal. to live in an extravagant or wild manner; pursue pleasure: He started living it up after he got out of the army.
live well, to live comfortably: They're not wealthy but they live well.

before 900; Middle English liven, Old English lifian, libban; cognate with Dutch leven, German leben, Old Norse lifa, Gothic liban Unabridged
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live1 (lɪv)
vb (usually foll by in or at) (foll by on, upon, or by)
1.  to show the characteristics of life; be alive
2.  to remain alive or in existence
3.  to exist in a specified way: to live poorly
4.  to reside or dwell: to live in London
5.  (often foll by on) to continue or last: the pain still lives in her memory
6.  (usually foll by by) to order one's life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
7.  to support one's style of life; subsist: to live by writing
8.  (foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
9.  (foll by through) to experience and survive: he lived through the war
10.  (tr) to pass or spend (one's life, etc)
11.  to enjoy life to the full: he knows how to live
12.  (tr) to put into practice in one's daily life; express: he lives religion every day
13.  live and let live to refrain from interfering in others' lives; to be tolerant
14.  informal (US) where one lives in one's sensitive or defenceless position
[Old English libban, lifian; related to Old High German libēn, Old Norse lifa]

live2 (laɪv)
1.  (prenominal) showing the characteristics of life
2.  (usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in life: the live weight of an animal
3.  (usually prenominal) of current interest; controversial: a live issue
4.  actual: a real live cowboy
5.  informal full of life and energy
6.  (of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning
7.  (esp of a volcano) not extinct
8.  loaded or capable of exploding: a live bomb
9.  radio, television transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recording: a live show
10.  of a record
 a.  recorded in concert
 b.  recorded in one studio take, without overdubs or splicing
11.  connected to a source of electric power: a live circuit
12.  (esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid
13.  acoustically reverberant: a live studio
14.  sport (of a ball) in play
15.  (of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native
16.  being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member
17.  printing
 a.  (of copy) not yet having been set into type
 b.  (of type that has been set) still in use
18.  during, at, or in the form of a live performance: the show went out live
[C16: from on livealive]

living (ˈlɪvɪŋ)
1.  a.  possessing life; not dead
 b.  (as collective noun preceded by the): the living
2.  having the characteristics of life (used esp to distinguish organisms from nonliving matter)
3.  currently in use or valid: living language
4.  seeming to be real: a living image
5.  Compare extinct (of animals or plants) existing in the present age; extant
6.  geology another word for live
7.  presented by actors before a live audience: living theatre
8.  (prenominal) (intensifier): the living daylights
9.  the condition of being alive
10.  the manner in which one conducts one's life: fast living
11.  the means, esp the financial means, whereby one lives
12.  Church of England another term for benefice
13.  (modifier) of, involving, or characteristic of everyday life: living area
14.  (modifier) of or involving those now alive (esp in the phrase living memory)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. lifian (Anglian), libban (W.Saxon) "to be alive," also "to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition)," from P.Gmc. stem *libæ (cf. O.N. lifa, O.Fris. libba, Ger. leben, Goth. liban "to live"), from PIE base *leip- "to remain, continue" (cf. Gk. liparein "to persist, persevere;"
see leave).
"According to the Dutch Prouerbe ... Leuen ende laetan leuen, To liue and to let others liue." [Malynes, 1622]
To live it up "live gaily and extravagantly" is from 1951. To live up to "act in accordance with" is from 1690s. To live (something) down "outwear (some slander or embarrassment)" is from 1842. To live with "cohabit as husband and wife" is attested from 1749; sense of "to put up with" is attested from 1937. Lived-in "inhabited, occupied" is first recorded 1873. Live-in (adj.) first attested, 1955. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.

1540s, "having life," later (1611) "burning, glowing," aphetic of alive (q.v.). Sense of "containing unspent energy or power" (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799; live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of "active person" is from 1903. Meaning "in-person (performance)"
is first attested 1934.

early 14c., "the fact of dwelling in some place," from O.E. lifiende, prp. of lifan (see live (v.)). The noun meaning "action, process, or method of gaining one's livelihood" is attested from 1530s. Living memory "within the memory of people still living" is attested from 1855.
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Medical Dictionary

live (līv)

  1. Having life; alive.

  2. Capable of replicating in a host's cells.

  3. Containing living microorganisms or active virus, as a vaccine.

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Ala, one little side effect could be that all the bio living things could become its food source for its perpetuation.
The use of a revocable living trust is often touted as a way to avoid the time
  and expense of probate.
Much of it really depends on your personal standard of living.
Or it may be that they belong to a fourth domain of living organism.
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