From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlivingliv‧ing1 /ˈlɪvɪŋ/ ●●○ adjective 1 LIVING/ALIVEalive now OPP dead He’s one of the greatest living composers. The sun affects all living things (=people, animals, and plants). a living language (=one that people still use)2 → living proof3 → in/within living memory4 → a living death5 → a living hell6 → living legend → scare/frighten the (living) daylights out of somebody at daylight(3), → beat/knock the (living) daylights out of somebody/something at daylight(4)
Examples from the Corpusliving• one of the greatest living composers• In return for your resignation, I am offering you the opportunity to study a dreadful disease in a living laboratory.• It was the most dramatic and outspoken resignation speech in living memory.• Seamus Heaney is Ireland's greatest living poet.• A brother in Australia is Mary's only living relative.• In the long-term the cost was a noticeable drop in our living standards at home.living things• How are we like and different from other living things? 2.• An ocean is full of living things.• As the sun heated up photosynthesis, the carbon was moved from air to living things by measurable amounts.• The ability to reproduce is what makes living things different from rocks.• The influence of water upon living things does not end here.• The first living things evolved in its absence, and many organisms even today still respire without its aid.• Gardens can be thriving, living things in more ways than one.• Ecology is the study of how living things relate to their environment.• They and starving cats are the only living things surviving among the shattered buildings and corrugated iron shacks.livingliving2 ●○○ noun 1 [countable usually singular]JOB/TASK the way that you earn money or the money that you earn It’s not a great job, but it’s a living. What do you do for a living? (=what do you do as a job?)earn/make a living It’s hard to make a decent living as a musician.scrape/scratch a living (=get just enough to eat or live)2 → the living3 [uncountable]LIFE the way in which someone lives their life the stresses of city living4 [countable]RRC the position or income of a parish priest → cost of living, standard of living, → in the land of the living at land1(7)COLLOCATIONSverbsearn/make a livingShe was able to make a living out of her talents as a cook.do something for a living (=to work at something as your job)'What does he do for a living?' 'I think he's a taxi driver.'scrape out/scratch out/eke out a living (=to barely earn enough money to live)The farmers in these drought-stricken areas are barely able to scratch out a living.adjectivesa good/decent living (=enough money)Her husband makes a good living.a meagre living British English, a meager living American English (=not much money)She earned a meagre living as a shop assistant.
Examples from the Corpusliving• the harsh realities of city living• These inventories, therefore, give a sound idea of the standard of living of thousands of ordinary people.• The standard of living is another key measure which has its origins in the same source.• Despite Zborowski's frantic efforts to sell his work, Modigliani's living was still very precarious.• But the movie character and the real-life teacher do share a mutual dream of earning their livings as composers of music.do for a living• All the way along, of course, I wondered what I would eventually do for a living.• What does he do for a living?• He was asked what he did for a living.• It's what I do for a living.• Or for guessing what this pair do for a living.• Like if you are married, and what you do for a living apart from this.• I don't know what you do for a living but you obviously don't know much about the real world.• FreeI.net doesn't care about your name, your address, your age, or what you do for a living.From Longman Business Dictionarylivingliv‧ing /ˈlɪvɪŋ/ noun [singular] the way in which you earn money in order to live, or the money that you earnIt is becoming more and more difficult just to earn a living.He was able to make a living as an actor.I don’t know what he does for a living. → see also cost of living, standard of living