Meaning of ALIVE in English


a ‧ live S2 W3 /əˈlaɪv/ BrE AmE adjective [not before noun]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: on life 'in life' ]

1 . NOT DEAD still living and not dead:

It was a bad accident – they’re lucky to be alive.

My grandparents are still alive.

We stayed alive by eating berries.

He was kept alive on a life-support machine.

Apparently he’s alive and well and living in Brazil.

2 . STILL EXISTING continuing to exist:

Ancient traditions are very much alive in rural areas.

Christianity is alive and well in Asia.

The sport is still very much alive and kicking in this country.

3 . CHEERFUL full of energy, happiness, activity etc:

It was the kind of morning when you wake up and feel really alive.

alive with

Her face was alive with excitement.

The whole house was alive with activity.

4 . come alive

a) if a subject or event comes alive, it becomes interesting and seems real:

Hopefully, we can make history come alive for the children.

b) if someone comes alive, they suddenly become happy and interested in what is happening:

She only came alive when she sat down at the piano.

c) if a town, city etc comes alive, it becomes busy:

seaside resorts that come alive in the summer

5 . be alive to a fact/possibility/danger etc to know that a particular fact etc exists and that it is important:

The company is alive to the threat posed by foreign imports.

6 . be alive with something to be full of living things that are moving:

The pond was alive with fish.

7 . bring something alive to make something interesting and real:

The way he describes his characters really brings them alive.

⇨ skin somebody alive at ↑ skin 2 (3)

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.