living• one of the greatest livingcomposers• In return for your resignation, I am offering you the opportunity to study a dreadfuldisease in a livinglaboratory.• It was the most dramatic and outspoken resignation speech in livingmemory.• Seamus Heaney is Ireland's greatest livingpoet.• A brother in Australia is Mary's only livingrelative.• In the long-term the cost was a noticeabledrop in our livingstandards at home.living things• How are we like and different from other living things? 2.• An ocean is full of living things.• As the sunheated 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 thingsevolved 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 thingsrelate to their environment.• They and starving cats are the only living thingssurviving among the shatteredbuildings and corrugated ironshacks.livingliving2 ●○○ noun1[countable usually singular]JOB/TASK the way that you earn money or the money that you earnIt’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 livingIt’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 lifethe stresses of city living4[countable]RRC the position or income of a parishpriest →cost of living, standard of living, → in the land of the livingat 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.
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living• the harshrealities 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 keymeasure which has its origins in the same source.• Despite Zborowski's franticefforts to sell his work, Modigliani's living was still very precarious.• But the moviecharacter and the real-lifeteacher do share a mutualdream 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 pairdo 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 alsocost of living, standard of living