[liv-ing] /ˈlɪv ɪŋ/
having life; being alive; not dead:
in actual existence or use; extant:
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 relating 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.:
Informal. very; absolute (used as an intensifier): You scared the living daylights out of me!
He’s making her life a living hell.
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:
(used with a plural verb) living persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
glad to be among the living.
British. the benefice of a clergyman.
verb (used without object), lived
[livd] /lɪvd/ (Show IPA), living.
to have , 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 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] /lɪvd/ (Show IPA), living.
to pass (life):
to live a life of ease.
to practice, represent, or exhibit in one’s :
to live one’s philosophy.
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. (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.
having the characteristics of life (used esp to distinguish organisms from nonliving matter)
currently in use or valid: living language
seeming to be real: a living image
(of animals or plants) existing in the present age; extant Compare extinct (sense 1)
(geology) another word for live2 (sense 15)
presented by actors before a live audience: living theatre
(prenominal) (intensifier): the living daylights
the condition of being alive
the manner in which one conducts one’s life: fast living
the means, esp the financial means, whereby one lives
(Church of England) another term for benefice
(modifier) of, involving, or characteristic of everyday life: living area
(modifier) of or involving those now alive (esp in the phrase living memory)
verb (mainly intransitive)
to show the characteristics of life; be alive
to remain alive or in existence
to exist in a specified way: to live poorly
usually foll by in or at. to reside or dwell: to live in London
(often foll by on) to continue or last: the pain still lives in her memory
(usually foll by by) to order one’s life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
foll by on, upon, or by. to support one’s style of life; subsist: to live by writing
(foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
(foll by through) to experience and survive: he lived through the war
(transitive) to pass or spend (one’s life, etc)
to enjoy life to the full: he knows how to live
(transitive) to put into practice in one’s daily life; express: he lives religion every day
live and let live, to refrain from interfering in others’ lives; to be tolerant
(US, informal) where one lives, in one’s sensitive or defenceless position
(prenominal) showing the characteristics of life
(usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in life: the live weight of an animal
(usually prenominal) of current interest; controversial: a live issue
actual: a real live cowboy
(informal) full of life and energy
(of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning
(esp of a volcano) not extinct
loaded or capable of exploding: a live bomb
(radio, television) transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recording: a live show
(of a record)
connected to a source of electric power: a live circuit
(esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid
acoustically reverberant: a live studio
(sport) (of a ball) in play
(of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native
being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member
during, at, or in the form of a live performance: the show went out live
“alive,” also “residing, staying,” c.1200, from present participle of live (v.)).
“living persons,” late Old English; early 14c. as “the fact of dwelling in some place,” from Old English lifiende “that lives or has life,” present participle of lifan (see live (v.)). The meaning “action, process, or method of gaining one’s livelihood” is attested from c.1400.
Old English lifian (Anglian), libban (West Saxon) “to be, to live, have life; to experience,” also “to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition),” from Proto-Germanic *liben (cf. Old Norse lifa “to live, remain,” Old Frisian libba, German leben, Gothic liban “to live”), from PIE root *leip- “to remain, continue” (cf. Greek liparein “to persist, persevere;” see leave). Meaning “to make a residence, dwell” is from c.1200. Related: Lived; living.
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 1903. To live up to “act in accordance with” is 1690s, from earlier live up “live on a high (moral or mental) level” (1680s). 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. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.
1540s, “having life,” later (1610s) “burning, glowing,” a shortening of alive (q.v.). Sense of “containing unspent energy or power” (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799. Meaning “in-person” (of performance) is first attested 1934. Live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of “active person” is from 1903.
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