- The definition of live in is someone who resides in your home with you permanently or on a full time basis.
An example of a live in housekeeper is someone who has a room where she sleeps in your home and who stays there on a permanent basis.
live-in definition by Webster's New World
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- living at the place where one is employed, esp. in domestic service: a live-in housekeeper
- designating a person who lives at the residence of his or her sexual partner without being married: a live-in girlfriend
a live-in person
live-in definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Residing in the place where one is employed: a live-in cook.
- Residing together with another, especially in a sexual relationship.
live-in - Phrases/Idioms
Reside in one's place of employment or schooling, as in They wanted a baby-sitter who could live in, or Joe was planning to live in at the college. This expression is used primarily for domestic servants or students. [Late 1800s] Also see live out.
live in something. Continue in existence, memory, or some feeling. This sense appears in such phrases as live in the past, meaning “to concentrate on past memories,” or live in hope of, meaning “to continue anticipating that something will happen.” For example, Alice lived in the past; she had no interest in current events, or Jim lived in hope of getting a teaching post. Also see live in sin.