Definition of alive
1 : having life : not dead or inanimate
2a : still in existence, force, or operation : active kept hope aliveb : still active in competition with a chance of victory must win to stay alive in the playoffs
3 : knowing or realizing the existence of something : sensitive alive to the danger
4 : marked by alertness, energy, or briskness his face came alive at the mention of food
5 : marked by much life, animation, or activity : swarming streets alive with traffic
6 —used as an intensive following the noun the proudest boy alive
Examples of alive in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of alive
Middle English, from Old English on life, from on + līf life
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of alive
ALIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alive for English Language Learners
: having life : living : not dead
: continuing to exist
: not yet defeated : still having a chance to win or succeed
ALIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of alive for Students
1 : having life : not dead
2 : still in force, existence, or operation The thought kept our hopes alive. They keep the old traditions alive.
3 : aware of the existence of He was alive to the danger.
4 : filled with life and activity The door to the school was alive with clamoring children. — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy The city streets were alive with shoppers.
Medical Definition of alive
: having life : not dead or inanimate
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