: to remain alive : continue to exist <No creature can survive without water.><The tradition survives to this day.>
: to live or exist longer than or past the end of <The house survived the flood.>
Word Root of SURVIVE
The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. Someone vivacious is full of life and is lively and energetic. Something, such as a story, that is vivid appears to be full of life and freshness.
Medical Definition of SURVIVE
: to remain alive or in existence : live on
: to remain alive after the death of <his son survived him>
: to continue to exist or live after <survived the stroke>