Meaning of ALIVE in English

əˈlīv adjective

Etymology: Middle English alive, on live, from Old English on līfe, from on + līfe, dative of līf life — more at life


a. : having life : not dead or inanimate : living ; especially : marked by a state in which the organs perform their vital functions

so good to be alive

a large number were still alive after the explosion

— usually used predicatively or postpositively

b. : living — used for emphasis after the noun

he was the proudest boy alive

“Man alive !” he said. “You don't really mean that”

sakes alive


a. : still in existence, force, or operation : effective at least to a degree : not dead, defunct, or extinct : existent , active

small farms kept alive by judicious husbanding of the lake waters — American Guide Series: California

keep alive the conception of morals he preached — Havelock Ellis

b. : still in use : current to a degree : still exerting force or influence

neither of these works is much alive today — Times Literary Supplement

c. bowls : in play : not dead


a. : marked by ready perception of : knowing or realizing the existence of : comprehending and vigilant about or appreciative of

becoming alive to the folly of what he had been doing — Samuel Butler

consciousness of this danger … made her … alive to the risks of an undesirable marriage — John Galsworthy

b. : quick to note or feel : readily impressed or influenced by : notably aware of, susceptible or sensitive to

dreadfully alive to nervous terrors — Charles Lamb

veterans are as fully alive to the romance … of newspaper work as any cub — Stanley Walker


a. : marked by alertness, activity, vitality, energy, animation, or briskness : not static, torpid, sluggish, or lifeless

not sufficiently alive to feel the tang of sense nor yet to be moved by thought — John Dewey

the alive promise of spring — H.D.Skidmore

b. : communicating a feeling of life, especially of blended verisimilitude, activity, verve, and interestingness

making the commonplaces of American culture … come alive through his plain words — Babette Deutsch

5. : filled , thronged, teeming : marked by much pulsating, stirring life, animation, or activity

the sea was alive with large whales — Herman Melville

this decade was alive with controversy and intellectual combat — American Guide Series: Ind.


a. : electrically connected to a source of voltage or electrically charged : having a potential different from that of the earth or of the conducting ground of a radio or automobile

b. : not inactive, inactivated, shut off, or dead : operating and functioning : transmitting, broadcasting, recording

despite the hurricane the phone was still alive

7. : live 10

Synonyms: see aware

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