- The definition of live is seeing or hearing a performance as it is happening, not prerecorded.
An example of live is going to a concert.
- Live is defined as to have life, continue to be alive, to reside somewhere or to behave throughout one's life in a particular way.
- An example of live is a person who's heart is beating and brain is functioning.
- An example of live is a deer that was hit by a car, but is still walking and breathing.
- An example of live is where a person sleeps and calls home.
- An example of live is a person who spends their life being cautious.
intransitive verblived, living
- to be alive; have life
- to remain alive
- to last; endure
- to pass one's life in a specified manner: to live happily
- to regulate or conduct one's life: to live by a strict moral code
- to enjoy a full and varied life: to really know how to live
- to maintain life; support oneself: to live on a pension
- to be dependent for a living (with off)
- to feed; subsist; have as one's usual food: to live on fruits and nuts
- to make one's dwelling; reside
- to remain in human memory of: men's good deeds live after them
Origin of liveMiddle English liven ; from Old English libban (akin to Old Norse lifa, Gothic liban, German leben) ; from Indo-European an unverified form lib(h)s- ; from base an unverified form leibh-, to live
- to practice or carry out in one's life: to live one's faith
- to spend; pass: to live a useful life
- to act (a role in a play) very convincingly or feelingly
live and let live
live it upSlang
- to have a joyful, hilarious time
- to indulge in pleasures, extravagances, etc. that one usually forgoes
- to live until the end of; last through
- ☆ to sleep away from the place where one is in domestic service
live up to
- to live in luxury
- to lead a virtuous life
- to dwell with; be a lodger at the home of
- to cohabit with
- to tolerate; bear; endure
where one lives
- having life; not dead
- of the living state or living beings
- having positive qualities, as of warmth, vigor, vitality, brightness, brilliance, etc.: a live organization, a live color
- ☆ of immediate or present interest: a live issue
- still burning or glowing: a live spark
- not extinct: a live volcano
- not yet burned: said of a match
- charged for explosion; unexploded: a live shell
- carrying electrical current: a live wire
- in the native state; not quarried or mined: live rocks
- having resilience or elasticity: a live rubber ball
- fresh; pure: said of the air
- involving an appearance or performance in person, rather than a filmed or recorded one; transmitted during the actual performance: a live broadcast
- recorded at a public performance
- Mech. imparting motion or power
- Printing set up ready to be printed
- Sports in play: a live ball
Origin of liveaphetic for alive
verblived lived, liv·ing, lives lives
- To be alive; exist.
- To continue to be alive: lived through a bad accident.
- To support oneself; subsist: living on rice and fish; lives on a small inheritance.
- To reside; dwell: lives on a farm.
- To conduct one's life in a particular manner: lived frugally.
- To pursue a positive, satisfying existence; enjoy life: those who truly live.
- To remain in human memory: an event that lives on in our minds.
- To spend or pass (one's life).
- To go through; experience: lived a nightmare.
- To practice in one's life: live one's beliefs.
Origin of liveMiddle English liven, from Old English libban, lifian; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
- Having life; alive: live animals. See Synonyms at living.
- Of, related to, or occurring during the life of one that is living: a live birth; the live weight of an animal before being slaughtered.
- Of current interest or relevance: a live topic; still a live option.
- Informal Full of life, excitement, or activity; lively: a live crowd at the parade; a live party.
- Glowing; burning: live coals.
- Not yet exploded but capable of being fired: live ammunition.
- Electricity Carrying an electric current or energized with electricity: live cables lying dangerously on the ground.
- Not mined or quarried; in the natural state: live ore.
- a. Broadcast while actually being performed; not taped, filmed, or recorded: a live television program.b. Involving performers or spectators who are physically present: live entertainment; a live audience.
- Of, relating to, or containing living bacteria or active viruses, sometimes in an attenuated form: live yogurt cultures; a live measles vaccine.
- Printing Not yet set into type: live copy.
- Sports In play: a live ball.
Origin of liveShort for alive.
(third-person singular simple present lives, present participle living, simple past and past participle lived)
- (intransitive) To be alive; to have life.
- He's not expected to live for more than a few months.
- (intransitive) To have permanent residence somewhere.
- I live at 2a Acacia Avenue.
- He lives in LA, but he's staying here over the summer.
- (intransitive) To survive; to persevere; to continue.
- Her memory lives in that song.
- (intransitive, hyperbolic) To cope.
- You'll just have to live with it!
- I can't live in a world without you.
- To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually.
- To live an idle or a useful life.
- To act habitually in conformity with; to practice.
- To outlast danger; to float; said of a ship, boat, etc.
- No ship could live in such a storm.
From Middle English liven, from Old English libban, lifian (“to live”), from Proto-Germanic *libjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *leip- (“leave, cling, linger”). Cognate with West Frisian libje, Old Saxon libbian (German Low German lęven (“to live”)), Dutch leven, Old High German lebēn (German leben), Old Norse lifa (Swedish leva), Gothic (liban).
- (only used attributively) Having life; that is alive.
- The post office will not ship live animals.
- Being in existence; actual
- He is a live example of the consequences of excessive drinking.
- Having active properties; being energized.
- Operational; being in actual use rather than in testing.
- (engineering) Imparting power; having motion.
- the live spindle of a lathe
- (sports) Still in active play.
- a live ball
- (broadcasting) Seen or heard from a broadcast, as it happens.
- The station presented a live news program every evening.
- Of a performance or speech, in person.
- This nightclub has a live band on weekends.
- Of a recorded performance, made in front of an audience, or not having been edited after recording.
- Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm.
- The air force practices dropping live bombs on the uninhabited island.
- (circuitry) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched.
- Use caution when working near live wires.
- (poker) Being a bet which can be raised by the bettor, usually in reference to a blind or straddle.
- Tommy's blind was live, so he was given the option to raise.
- Featuring humans; not animated, in the phrases “live actors” or “live action”.
- Being in a state of ignition; burning.
- a live coal; live embers
- Live in the sense of "having life" is used only attributively (before a noun), as in "live animals". Predicatively (after the noun), alive is used, as in "be alive". Living may be used either attributively or predicatively.
(comparative more live, superlative most live)