Pronunciation: (liv'ing),[key] —adj. 1. having life; being alive; not dead: living persons. 2. in actual existence or use; extant: living languages. 3. active or thriving; vigorous; strong: a living faith. 4. burning or glowing, as a coal.
5. flowing freely, as water.
6. pertaining to, suitable for, or sufficient for existence or subsistence: living conditions; a living wage. 7. of or pertaining to living persons: within living memory. 8. lifelike; true to life, as a picture or narrative.
9. in its natural state and place; not uprooted, changed, etc.: living rock. 10. very; absolute (used as an intensifier): to scare the living daylights out of someone.
—n. 1. the act or condition of a person or thing that lives: Living is very expensive these days. 2. the means of maintaining life; livelihood: to earn one's living. 3. a particular manner, state, or status of life: luxurious living. 4. (used with a pl. v.) living persons collectively (usually prec. by the): glad to be among the living. 5. Brit.the benefice of a clergyman.