earn, gain

Fishing provides a livelihood for many people.

protect, secure

an insurance policy to secure your livelihood in old age

affect, threaten

The new law threatens the livelihood of thousands of farmers.

destroy, take away
depend on sth

people whose livelihood depends on the forest

a means of livelihood, a source of livelihood

The boat was his main source of livelihood.

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  • livelihood — live‧li‧hood [ˈlaɪvlihʊd] noun [countable, uncountable] the way in which you earn money in order to live: • If a commercial beekeeper makes a mistake and his bees die, he has lost his livelihood. • In that area many people relied on the coconut… …   Financial and business terms

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  • livelihood — 1610s, alteration of livelode means of keeping alive (c.1300), from O.E. lifad course of life, from lif life + lad way, course (see LOAD (Cf. load)). Cf. O.H.G. libleita. Spelling assimilated to words in hood. Earlier livelihood was a different… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Livelihood — Live li*hood, n. [Lively + hood.] Liveliness; appearance of life. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • livelihood — *living, subsistence, sustenance, maintenance, support, keep, bread Analogous words: *trade, craft, handicraft, art, profession: *wage or wages, salary, pay, stipend, fee, emolument …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • livelihood — ► NOUN ▪ a means of securing the necessities of life. ORIGIN Old English, «way of life» …   English terms dictionary

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  • livelihood — live|li|hood [ˈlaıvlihud] n [U and C] [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: lifelode way of living (11 17 centuries), from Old English, from lif life + lad ( LODE) (influenced by lively and hood)] the way you earn money in order to live a means/source of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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