Survive Definition

survived, survives, surviving
survived, survives, surviving
To remain alive or in existence.
American Heritage
To continue living or existing, as after an event or after another's death.
Webster's New World
To carry on despite hardships or trauma; persevere.
Families that were surviving in tents after the flood.
American Heritage
To live or exist longer than or beyond the life or existence of; outlive.
Webster's New World
To remain functional or usable.
I dropped the radio, but it survived.
American Heritage

Origin of Survive

  • From Anglo-Norman survivre, Old French survivre, from Late Latin supervivere (“to outlive"), from Latin super (“over") + vivere (“to live"), akin to vita (“life"); see vivid. Compare devive, revive.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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