An example of survive is someone living through a major plane crash.
Families that were surviving in tents after the flood.
I dropped the radio, but it survived.
Plants that can survive frosts; a clock that survived a fall.
Survived child abuse.
She survived her husband by five years.
To survive a wreck.
Origin of survive
- Middle English surviven from Old French sourvivre from Latin supervīvere super- super- vīvere to live gwei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition