Meaning of ALIVE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ə-ˈlīv ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Old English on life, from on + līf life

Date: before 12th century

1. : having life : not dead or inanimate


a. : still in existence, force, or operation : active

kept hope alive

b. : still active in competition with a chance of victory

must win to stay alive in the playoffs

3. : knowing or realizing the existence of : sensitive

alive to the danger

4. : marked by alertness, energy, or briskness

his face came alive at the mention of food

5. : marked by much life, animation, or activity : swarming

streets alive with traffic

6. — used as an intensive following the noun

the proudest boy alive

Synonyms: see aware

• alive·ness noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.