Possessing life: famous living painters; transplanted living tissue. In active function or use: a living language. Of persons who are alive: events within living memory. Relating to the routine conduct or maintenance of life: improved living conditions in the city. Full of life, interest, or vitality: made history a living subject. True to life; realistic: the living image of her mother. Informal Used as an intensive: beat the living hell out of his opponent in the boxing match. The condition or action of maintaining life: the high cost of living. A manner or style of life: preferred plain living. A means of maintaining life; livelihood: made their living by hunting. Chiefly British A church benefice, including the revenue attached to it.