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Definition of "living" []

  • Possessing life: famous living painters; transplanted living tissue. (adjective)
  • In active function or use: a living language. (adjective)
  • Of persons who are alive: events within living memory. (adjective)
  • Relating to the routine conduct or maintenance of life: improved living conditions in the city. (adjective)
  • Full of life, interest, or vitality: made history a living subject. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "living" in a sentence
  • "˜If a predicate is generally true of a genus, then the predicate is also true of any species of that genus™, we can derive the conclusion ˜the capacity of nutrition belongs to plants™ using the premise ˜the capacity of nutrition belongs to all living things™, since ˜living thing™ is the genus of the species ˜plants™."
  • "We can become so absorbed in making a living that we have no time _for living_."
  • "And I am fully aware that once we direct our living attention this way, instead of to the absurdity of the atom, then we have a whole _living_ universe of knowledge before us."