verb \ˈliv\

: to be alive

: to continue to be alive

: to have a home in a specified place


Full Definition of LIVE

intransitive verb
:  to be alive :  have the life of an animal or plant
:  to continue alive
:  to maintain oneself :  subsist <lived on rice and peas>
a :  to occupy a home :  dwell <living in a shabby room> <they had always lived in the country>
b :  to be located or stored <the silverware lives here>
:  to attain eternal life <though he die, yet shall he live — John 11:25(Revised Standard Version)>
:  to conduct or pass one's life <lived only for his work>
:  to remain in human memory or record <the past lives in us all — W. R. Inge>
:  to have a life rich in experience
:  cohabit
transitive verb
:  to pass through or spend the duration of <lived their lives alone>
:  act out, practice —often used with out <to live out their fantasies>
:  to exhibit vigor, gusto, or enthusiasm in <lived life to the fullest>
a :  to experience firsthand <living a dream>
b :  to be thoroughly absorbed by or involved with <she lives her work>
live it up
:  to live with gusto and usually fast and loose <lived it up with wine and song — Newsweek>
live up to
:  to act or be in accordance with <had no intention of living up to his promise>
live with
:  to put up with :  accept, tolerate <had to live with their decision>

Examples of LIVE

  1. We learned about the people who lived during colonial times.
  2. I wonder what it was like to live then.
  3. She's one of the greatest writers who ever lived.
  4. It was one of the largest animals that has ever lived.
  5. He lived to the age of 92.
  6. He's very sick and he may not live much longer.
  7. I hope I live to see the day when you admit you've been wrong about me!
  8. I'll remember that day for as long as I live.
  9. He lives next door to his parents.
  10. We lived in the city.

Origin of LIVE

Middle English, from Old English libban; akin to Old High German lebēn to live
First Known Use: before 12th century


adjective \ˈlīv\

: having life : living or alive

: not imaginary : actually existing

: done in front of an audience : of or involving a play, concert, etc., that is performed in front of people

Full Definition of LIVE

a :  having life :  living <a live lobster>
b :  existing in fact or reality :  actual <spoke to a real live celebrity>
:  exerting force or containing energy: as
a :  afire, glowing <live coals>
b :  connected to electric power
c :  charged with explosives and containing shot or a bullet <live ammunition>; also :  armed but not exploded <a live bomb>
d :  imparting or driven by power <a live axle>
e :  being in operation <a live microphone>
:  abounding with life :  vivid
:  being in a pure native state
:  of bright vivid color
:  of continuing or current interest <live issues>
a :  not yet printed from or plated <live type>
b :  not yet typeset <live copy>
a :  of or involving a presentation (as a play or concert) in which both the performers and an audience are physically present <a live record album> <a nightclub with live entertainment>
b :  broadcast directly at the time of production <a live radio program>
:  being in play <a live ball>

Examples of LIVE

  1. They object to the use of live animals in scientific experiments.
  2. a nightclub with live music
  3. She was nervous about being interviewed on live radio.
  4. The network is providing live coverage of the debate.
  5. Use caution when you are working near live electrical wires.

Origin of LIVE

short for alive
First Known Use: 1542

Other Broadcasting Terms

continuity, dissolve, fade, feed, remote, residual, spike, wipe


adverb \ˈlīv\

: during, from, or at the actual time that something (such as a performance or event) happens

Full Definition of LIVE

:  at the actual time of occurrence :  during, from, or at a live production <the program was broadcast live>

Examples of LIVE

  1. The program was shown live.
  2. We are broadcasting live from downtown.
  3. Here he is—live in concert!
  4. The album was recorded live.

First Known Use of LIVE


Other Broadcasting Terms

continuity, dissolve, fade, feed, remote, residual, spike, wipe
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