Alive meaning

ə-līv
The definition of alive is having life or existing.

A kitten, a child and a fish are each an example of something that is alive.

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Having life; living.
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In existence, operation, etc.; unextinguished.

To keep old memories alive.

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Lively; alert.
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Having life; living.
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Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.
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To keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive.

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Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged.

The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.

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Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.

Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. -- William Falconer.

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As intensifier, of all living.

Northumberland was the proudest man alive. --Edward Hyde Clarendon.

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Having life; living.
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In existence or operation; active.

Keep your hopes alive.

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Full of living or moving things; abounding.

A pool alive with trout.

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Full of activity or animation; lively.

A face alive with mischief.

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(sports) In play; live.

A foul called when the ball is alive.

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  • Aware of; sensitive to:
    Alive to the moods of others.
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alive to
  • fully aware of; perceiving
    alive to the risks involved.
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  • teeming with; full of (living or moving things)
    A garden alive with bees.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of alive

  • Middle English a- in a specified state a–2 live life (from Old English līf life)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English on live, on līfe (“in life”); līfe, dative of līf (“life”)

    From Wiktionary