livelihood


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live·li·hood

 (līv′lē-ho͝od′)
n.
Means of support; subsistence.

[Middle English livelyhed, alteration (influenced by liflihed, liveliness, energy, vigor) of livelode, from Old English līflād : līf, life; see life + lād, course; see leit- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

livelihood

(ˈlaɪvlɪˌhʊd)
n
occupation or employment
Also called (literary): livelod or livelood

live•li•hood

(ˈlaɪv liˌhʊd)

n.
a means of supporting one's existence, esp. financially or vocationally; living.
[before 1000; earlier liveliod, livelihod, alter. of Middle English livelod, Old English līflād conduct of life, way of life]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.livelihood - the financial means whereby one liveslivelihood - 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"
resource - available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts - things that make you comfortable and at ease; "all the comforts of home"
maintenance - means of maintenance of a family or group
meal ticket - a source of income or livelihood
subsistence - minimal (or marginal) resources for subsisting; "social security provided only a bare subsistence"

livelihood

noun occupation, work, employment, means, living, job, maintenance, subsistence, bread and butter (informal), sustenance, (means of) support, (source of) income fishermen who depend on the seas for their livelihood.

livelihood

noun
Translations
مَوْرِد رِزْق
živobytí
levebrød
lífsviîurværi
gyvenimo šaltinis
iztikas līdzekļi

livelihood

[ˈlaɪvlɪhʊd] Nsustento m
rice is their livelihoodel arroz es su único sustento
to earn a or one's livelihoodganarse la vida or el sustento

livelihood

[ˈlaɪvlihʊd] nmoyens mpl d'existence
to depend on sth for one's livelihood → dépendre de qch pour sa subsistance
fishermen who depend on the sea for their livelihood → des pêcheurs qui dépendent de la mer pour leur subsistance

livelihood

nLebensunterhalt m; fishing is their livelihoodsie verdienen ihren Lebensunterhalt mit Fischfang; to earn a livelihoodsich (dat)seinen Lebensunterhalt verdienen; they earned a livelihood from farmingsie lebten von der Landwirtschaft

livelihood

[ˈlaɪvlɪˌhʊd] nmezzi mpl di sostentamento
to earn one's livelihood → guadagnarsi da vivere

livelihood

(ˈlaivlihud) noun
a means of living, especially of earning enough money to feed oneself etc.

livelihood

n. vida; existencia; subsistencia.
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