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Synonyms for living
ˈlɪv ɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. life, living(noun)

    the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities

    "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"

    liveliness, animation, keep, support, life, bread and butter, sprightliness, life-time, lifespan, spirit, life sentence, sustenance, life history, aliveness, lifetime, biography, livelihood, life story

    dead, relative, comparative, nonextant, extinct, unrealistic

  2. living(noun)

    people who are still living

    "save your pity for the living"

    sustenance, aliveness, livelihood, support, life, keep, bread and butter, animation

    dead, extinct, nonextant, relative, unrealistic, comparative

  3. animation, life, living, aliveness(noun)

    the condition of living or the state of being alive

    "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"

    brio, liveliness, animateness, animation, life-time, keep, support, life, bread and butter, vivification, sprightliness, lifespan, spirit, life sentence, invigoration, sustenance, life history, liveness, spiritedness, aliveness, lifetime, biography, vitality, livelihood, life story

    dead, nonextant, extinct, relative, comparative, unrealistic

  4. support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance(adj)

    the financial means whereby one lives

    "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

    support, backup, supporting, reinforcement, sustainment, backing, funding, nutrition, nutriment, financial support, keep, accompaniment, alimentation, reenforcement, victuals, life, bread and butter, hold, dungeon, musical accompaniment, maintenance, aliment, sustenance, animation, donjon, sustentation, upkeep, financial backing, documentation, nourishment, livelihood, aliveness

    dead, relative, nonextant, extinct, comparative, unrealistic

  5. living(adj)

    pertaining to living persons

    "within living memory"

    living(a), surviving

    dead, unrealistic, relative, extinct, nonextant, comparative

  6. living(adj)

    true to life; lifelike

    "the living image of her mother"

    living(a), surviving

    dead, extinct, comparative, relative, nonextant, unrealistic

  7. living(adj)

    (informal) absolute

    "she is a living doll"; "scared the living daylights out of them"; "beat the living hell out of him"

    living(a), surviving

    dead, nonextant, unrealistic, comparative, extinct, relative

  8. surviving, living(adj)

    still in existence

    "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"

    living(a), surviving

    dead, relative, unrealistic, extinct, nonextant, comparative

  9. living(adj)

    still in active use

    "a living language"

    living(a), surviving

    dead, unrealistic, nonextant, extinct, comparative, relative

  10. living(a)(adj)

    (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried

    "carved into the living stone";

    dead, extinct, relative, comparative, nonextant, unrealistic


  1. living(noun)

    dead, nonliving

  2. living(noun)

    Having life.

    nonliving, dead

  3. living(noun)

    In use or existing.

    Hunanese is a living language.

    dead, nonliving

  4. living(noun)

    Of everyday life.

    These living conditions are deplorable.

    nonliving, dead

  5. living(adjective)

    True to life.

    This is the living image of Fidel Castro.

    nonliving, dead

  6. living(adjective)

    He almost beat the living daylights out of me.

    nonliving, dead

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. living

    Alive applies to all degrees of life, from that which shows one to be barely existing or existent as a living thing, as when we say he is just alive, to that which implies the very utmost of vitality and power, as in the words "he is all alive," "thoroughly alive." So the word quick, which began by signifying "having life," is now mostly applied to energy of life as shown in swiftness of action. Breathing is capable of like contrast. We say of a dying man, he is still breathing; or we speak of a breathing statue, or "breathing and sounding, beauteous battle," Tennyson Princess can. v, l. 155, where it means having, or seeming to have, full and vigorous breath, abundant life. Compare ACTIVE; ALERT; NIMBLE.

    active, alert, alive, animate, animated, breathing, brisk, existent, existing, live, lively, quick, subsisting, vivacious

    dead, deceased, defunct, dispirited, dull, inanimate, lifeless, spiritless

    Alive in every nerve; alive to every noble impulse; alive with fervor, hope, resolve; alive through all his being.

Editors Contribution

  1. heliotropic


    the sun-seeking tourists reminded him of the heliotropic plants.

    Submitted by anonymous on November 17, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. living(a.)

    existing, breathing, live, not dead

  2. living(a.)

    active, vigorous, lively

  3. living(n.)

    livelihood, maintenance, support, subsistence, keeping, FEED

  4. living(n.)

    benefice, ecclesiastical living

  5. living(n.)

    mode of life, course of life

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. living(a)

    alive, quick, live, quickening, animating

  2. living(n)

    life, existence, being, livelihood, sustenance, subsistence, maintenance, benefice

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How to use living in a sentence?

  1. Guinness World Records:

    She joined our celebrated hall of fame with her amazing achievement when she was announced in 2016 as the oldest living female, and was officially confirmed as the last person to be born in the 1800s.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    For everything in this universe, Mother is the beginning. Mother's voice is the first voice we hear, even before we are born. Mother's love knows no bounds. It's far deeper than the deepest oceans; and in my view, that's the only ocean of unconditional love we'll ever find in this world. Holy Book tells us, in Genesis: "And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." I encourage you to cherish your Mother, with love, respect and honor.....that's the best way to celebrate Mother's Day.

  3. Luo Baoming:

    If it can be said that that we want to safeguard China's rights and interest in the South China Sea, fishermen, because they have been living and surviving on fishing for the past thousand years, have been proof of our rights and interests.

  4. Sharon Van Ert:

    After 35 years of living with these shameful memories in secret, I was finally encouraged by all the other women who have recently told their stories.

  5. Dai Shuqin:

    We have been living in anxiety, fear and hate, and our lives have been utterly messed up, but we as ordinary people are unable to do anything.

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