Live definition

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To support oneself; subsist.

Living on rice and fish; lives on a small inheritance.

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To practice in one's life.

Live one's beliefs.

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To pursue a positive, satisfying existence; enjoy life.

Those who truly live.

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To go through; experience.

Lived a nightmare.

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To be alive; exist.
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(informal) Full of life, excitement, or activity; lively.

A live crowd at the parade; a live party.

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Having life; alive.

Live animals.

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Having positive qualities, as of warmth, vigor, vitality, brightness, brilliance, etc.

A live organization, a live color.

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To continue to be alive.

Lived through a bad accident.

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Not yet exploded but capable of being fired.

Live ammunition.

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To remain in human memory.

Men's good deeds live after them.

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To remain in human memory.

An event that lives on in our minds.

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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.

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(electricity) Carrying an electric current or energized with electricity.

Live cables lying dangerously on the ground.

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Not mined or quarried; in the natural state.

Live ore.

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(printing) Not yet set into type.

Live copy.

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(sports) In play.

A live ball.

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Broadcast while actually being performed; not taped, filmed, or recorded.

A live television program.

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Involving performers or spectators who are physically present.

Live entertainment; a live audience.

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At, during, or from the time of actual occurrence or performance.

The landing on the moon was telecast live.

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To be alive; have life.
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To enjoy a full and varied life.

He really knows how to live.

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To feed; subsist; depend on or have as one's usual food.

To live on fruits and nuts.

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To make one's dwelling; reside.
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To remain alive.
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To last; endure.
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To pass one's life in a specified manner.

To live happily.

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To regulate or conduct one's life.

To live by a strict moral code.

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To maintain life; support oneself.

To live on a pension.

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To be dependent for a living (with off)
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To practice or carry out in one's life.

To live one's faith.

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To spend; pass.

To live a useful life.

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To act (a role in a play) very convincingly or feelingly.
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Having life; not dead.
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Of the living state or living beings.
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Of immediate or present interest.

A live issue.

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Not yet burned.
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Charged for explosion; unexploded.

A live shell.

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Carrying an electric current.

A live wire.

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In the native state; not quarried or mined.

Live rocks.

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Having resilience or elasticity.

A live rubber ball.

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Fresh; pure.
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(mech.) Imparting motion or power.
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(printing) Set up ready to be printed.
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(sports) In play.

A live ball.

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Still burning or glowing.

A live spark.

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Not extinct.

A live volcano.

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Involving an appearance or performance in person, rather than a filmed or recorded one; transmitted during the actual performance.

A live broadcast.

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Recorded at a public performance.
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In, from, or at an actual or public performance.

Recorded live at a nightclub.

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Having life; alive.
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Relating to or containing living bacteria or active viruses, sometimes in an attenuated form.
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(intransitive) To have permanent residence somewhere.

I live at 2a Acacia Avenue.

He lives in LA, but he's staying here over the summer.

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(intransitive) To survive; to persevere; to continue.

Her memory lives in that song.

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(intransitive, hyperbolic) To cope.

You'll just have to live with it!

I can't live in a world without you.

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To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually.

To live an idle or a useful life.

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To act habitually in conformity with; to practice.
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To outlast danger; to float; said of a ship, boat, etc.

No ship could live in such a storm.

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(only used attributively) Having life; that is alive.

The post office will not ship live animals.

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Being in existence; actual.

He is a live example of the consequences of excessive drinking.

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Having active properties; being energized.
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Operational; being in actual use rather than in testing.
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(engineering) Imparting power; having motion.

The live spindle of a lathe.

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(sports) Still in active play.

A live ball.

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(broadcasting) Seen or heard from a broadcast, as it happens.

The station presented a live news program every evening.

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Of a performance or speech, in person.

This nightclub has a live band on weekends.

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Of a recorded performance, made in front of an audience, or not having been edited after recording.
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Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm.

The air force practices dropping live bombs on the uninhabited island.

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(circuitry) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched.

Use caution when working near live wires.

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(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.

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Featuring humans; not animated, in the phrases “live actors" or “live action".
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Being in a state of ignition; burning.

A live coal; live embers.

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Of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct.

The concert was broadcast live by radio.

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Of making a performance or speech, in person.

He'll be appearing live at the auditorium.

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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.

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To reside; dwell.

Lives on a farm.

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To conduct one's life in a particular manner.

Lived frugally.

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To spend or pass (one's life).
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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.

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Of current interest or relevance.

A live topic; still a live option.

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Glowing; burning.

Live coals.

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Of, relating to, or containing living bacteria or active viruses, sometimes in an attenuated form.

Live yogurt cultures; a live measles vaccine.

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(1) An event that is broadcast or recorded as it happens. See real time.
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(intransitive) To be alive; to have life.

He's not expected to live for more than a few months.

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(slang) live it up
  • To engage in festive pleasures or extravagances.
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live off
  • To enjoy the best of everything; live in comfort or luxury.
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live up to
  • To live or act in accordance with:
    Lived up to their parents' ideals.
  • To prove equal to:
    A new technology that did not live up to our expectations.
  • To carry out; fulfill:
    Lived up to her end of the bargain.
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live and let live
  • to do as one wishes and let other people do the same; be tolerant
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live something down
  • to succeed in making others forget the memory or shame of (one's fault, misdeed, etc.)
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live high
  • to live in luxury
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live in
  • to live at the place where one is in domestic service
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(informal) live it up
  • to have a joyous or merry time
  • to indulge in pleasures, extravagances, etc. that one usually forgoes
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live out
  • to live until the end of; last through
  • to sleep away from the place where one is in domestic service
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live together
  • to dwell with each other; specif., to cohabit
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live up to
  • to live or act in accordance with (certain ideals, promises, expectations, etc.)
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live well
  • to live in luxury
  • to lead a virtuous life
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live with
  • to dwell with; be a lodger at the home of
  • to cohabit with
  • to tolerate; bear; endure
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where one lives
  • in a sensitive or vulnerable area
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
live
Comparative:
liver 1

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

live up to
live something down
live high
live together
live up to
live well
where one lives

Origin of live

  • Middle English liven from Old English libban, lifian leip- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Short for alive

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

  • From Middle English liven, from Old English libban, lifian (“to live"), from Proto-Germanic *libjanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *leip- (“leave, cling, linger"). Cognate with West Frisian libje, Old Saxon libbian (German Low German lÄ™ven (“to live")), Dutch leven, Old High German lebÄ“n (German leben), Old Norse lifa (Swedish leva), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽 (liban).

    From Wiktionary

  • See alive

    From Wiktionary