Meaning of LIVE in English

I. ˈliv verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English liven, from Old English libban, lifian; akin to Old High German lebēn to live, Old Norse lifa, Gothic liban, Latin cae lebs unmarried

intransitive verb

1. : to be alive : have the life of an animal or plant

the child lived and grew

2. : to continue alive

the longer I live , I find the folly and the fraud of mankind grow more and more intolerable — Tobias Smollett

lived to a ripe and vigorous old age

had nine children of whom only five lived

3. : to maintain oneself : feed , subsist

lived on peanut-butter sandwiches and milk, but was very contented — Current Biography

a man must always live by his work — Adam Smith

many of our customers lived on high inventories — Monsanto Chemical Co. Annual Report

lived on his relatives

lived by his wits

4. : to conduct, direct, or pass one's life

had religiously lived up to that standard — C.L.Jones

I lived and cared only for science — Harrison Brown

5. : to occupy a home : dwell , reside

lives in the suburbs

the houses in which they lived, the ceremonies of their courts, he cannot accurately figure to himself — Matthew Arnold

6. : to attain eternal life or beatitude

I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live — Jn 11:25 (Revised Standard Version)

7. : to survive oblivion : remain in human memory or record

though you die in combat gory, ye shall live in song and story — W.S.Gilbert

and yet the past lives in us all — W.R.Inge

the desire of man to live on through his deeds, characteristic of the erection of pyramids — John Dewey

8. : to flourish in human life or consciousness : retain effect, existence, or vigor

his name cannot die while courage and honor live among men

9. : to outlast storm or danger : remain afloat or operative — used of a ship or airplane

the 20 to 25 Jap torpedo planes managed to live long enough to launch four torpedoes — Ira Wolfert

10. : to realize the possibilities of life amply : attain fulfillment or satisfaction

the boy who is mentally awake lives more in a day than a dull boy does in a month — Boy Scout Handbook

I smile when I find people cheerfully talking of “happiness” as something to be desired in life. I have lived — Havelock Ellis

11. : cohabit

for 18 months she had lived with that Canadian colonel — Fred Majdalany

transitive verb

1. : to pass through or spend the duration of

we do not live out our lives unattended by divinity — American Scholar

lived an unforgettable hour that seemed a lifetime

2. : enact , practice

what other men were preaching, he lived — P.E.More

images and ideas which can be lived and defended — Stephen Spender

3. : to exhibit vigor, gusto, or enthusiasm in

seized life with both hands and lived every minute of it — H.W.Glover

Synonyms: see reside

- live it up

- live up to

II. ˈlīv adjective

( -er/-est )

Etymology: short for alive

1. : having life : living

she purged a live eel — Robert Burton

ships live cattle

2. : abounding with life : vital , vivid

the portrait is … always live and spirited — Times Literary Supplement

a live appreciation of the role of cultural forces in history — L.A.White

he saw an oldening, flaccid face with live eyes — Maurice Walsh

3. : exerting force or containing energy: as

a. : afire , glowing

tossed a live cigarette from the car

b. : connected to electric power

a thousand-volt wire, live and burning with its power — Adria Langley

c. : charged with explosives and containing shot or a bullet

a live shell

a live cartridge

live ammunition

also : undischarged , unexploded

a live bomb

d. : imparting or driven by power : having motion

the live center of a lathe

live conveyor rolls

e. : charged with fissionable material

the pile was built up … with alternating layers of live and dead blocks — L.R.Hafstad

4. : living in thought or controversy : of continuing interest : open to debate : not settled or decided : unclosed

long-standing denominational disputes still were live issues — Oscar Handlin

5. : being in a pure native state: as

a. of a mineral : native , virgin

b. of rock : unwrought , unquarried


a. : of bright vivid color

b. : of normal brightness or luster — used of timber and lumber

7. : highly reverberant — used of a room or enclosed space in which sound is produced; compare anechoic , dead 10


a. of a playing card : available for play because still in the hands or stock

b. : being in play

a live ball

9. of rubber : springy , resilient


a. : not yet printed from or plated : to be held for possible further or future printing — used of a printing surface

b. : not yet typeset ; also : typeset but not yet proofread

c. : used for storing or holding live matter


a. : of or relating to a performance done without mechanical reproduction by phonograph or cinema : presented directly by musicians or actors in concert hall or theater or on radio or television : not recorded or filmed

b. : present and responsive — used of a radio or television studio audience

III. ˈlīv adverb

: at the actual time of occurrence : during or at a live performance

the sessions were carried live in their entirety by the public television station — Peter Binzen

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