Definition of alive
- kept hope alive
- must win to stay alive in the playoffs
- alive to the danger
- his face came alive at the mention of food
- streets alive with traffic
- the proudest boy alive
It feels great to be alive.
The patient was barely alive.
The sheriff was ordered to find the killer and bring him back alive.
He managed to stay alive for a week without any food.
The patient is being kept alive by artificial means.
an old tradition that is still alive
We need to keep hope alive.
The team needs to win tonight in order to stay alive in the play-offs.
I love to sail because it makes me feel so alive.
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
in commission (or into commission), in force, in gear, on line;
: having life : living : not dead
: continuing to exist
: not yet defeated : still having a chance to win or succeed
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