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alive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of alive

  1. 1 having or showing life <after crashing into the plate glass window the little bird was not only still alive, it seemed merely dazed> Synonyms animate, breathing, live, living, quick Related Words active, animated, dynamic, lively, thriving, vibrant, vigorous, vital, vivacious; current, existent, existing, extant, going, prevailing, surviving; resurrected Near Antonyms dying, fading, moribund; stillborn; reposing, resting; ghostlike, ghostly, ghosty, zombielike; absent, extinct, fallen, finished, gone, lapsed, lost, nonexistent, perished, terminated, vanished, wiped out; barren, desert Antonyms asleep, breathless, cold, dead, deceased, defunct, departed, expired, inanimate, lifeless, nonliving

  2. 2 marked by much life, movement, or activity <the mall was alive with holiday shoppers> Synonyms aboil, abubble, abuzz, animated, astir, brisk, bustling, busy, buzzing, flourishing, happening, hopping, humming, kinetic, lively, rousing, stirring, thriving, vibrant Related Words abounding, crowded, overflowing, populous, swarming, teeming, thronging Antonyms asleep, dead, inactive, lifeless, sleepy

  3. 3 being in effective operation <kept the cause of peace alive despite severe setbacks in relations between the two nations> Synonyms active, functional, functioning, going, live, living, on, operating, operational, operative, running, workingRelated Words effective, effectual; employable, operable, usable (also useable), viable, workable; performing, producing, productive, serving, useful, yielding; astir, bustling, busy, dynamic, flourishing, humming, roaring, thrivingNear Antonyms deactivated, decommissioned; ineffective, ineffectual, useless; inoperable, unusable, unworkable; arrested, asleep, dormant, fallow, idle, inert, latent, lifeless, nonproductive, quiescent, sleepy, stagnating, unproductive, vegetatingAntonyms broken, dead, inactive, inoperative, kaput (also kaputt), nonactivated, nonfunctional, nonfunctioning, nonoperating, nonoperational, nonoperative

  4. 4 having being at the present time <insists that her new boyfriend is the handsomest guy alive> Synonyms extant, around, existent, existing, livingRelated Words active, busy, flourishing, functioning, operating, workingNear Antonyms defunct, destroyed, exterminated, kaput (also kaputt); departed, gone, lost; nonexistent; idle, inactive, inertAntonyms dead, extinct, nonextant

  5. 5 having specified facts or feelings actively impressed on the mind <alive to the need for major improvements in the school system> Synonyms conscious, apprehensive, aware, cognizant, mindful, sensible, sentient, ware, wittingRelated Words alert, attentive, careful, cautious, heedful, observant, open-eyed, regardful, safe, vigilant, wary, watchful, wide-awake; hyperaware, hyperconsciousNear Antonyms careless, heedless, inattentive, incautious, mindless, unguarded, unheeding, unwaryAntonyms insensible, oblivious, unaware, unconscious, unmindful, unwitting




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