live

verb
\ ˈliv How to pronounce live (audio) \
lived; living

Definition of live

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to be alive : have the life of an animal or plant one of the greatest writers who ever lived
2 : to continue alive lived to a ripe and vigorous old age
3 : to maintain oneself : subsist lived on rice and peas
4a : 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
5 : to attain eternal life though he die, yet shall he live — John 11:25 (Revised Standard Version)
6 : to conduct or pass one's life lived only for his work
7 : to remain in human memory or record the past lives in us all— W. R. Inge
8 : to have a life rich in experience the boy who is mentally alert lives more in a day than a dull boy does in a monthBoy Scout Handbook
9 : cohabit She lived with that actor for over a year.

transitive verb

1 : to pass through or spend the duration of lived their lives alone
2 : act out, practice often used with out to live out their fantasies
3 : to exhibit vigor, gusto, or enthusiasm in lived life to the fullest
4a : 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 songNewsweek
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

live

adjective
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Definition of live (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : having life : living a live lobster
b : existing in fact or reality : actual spoke to a real live celebrity
2 : exerting force or containing energy: such 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
3 : abounding with life : vivid
4 : being in a pure native state
5 : of bright vivid color
6 : of continuing or current interest live issues
7a : not yet printed from or plated live type
b : not yet typeset live copy
8a : of or involving a presentation (such 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
9 : being in play a live ball

live

adverb
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Definition of live (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Examples of live in a Sentence

Verb

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

Adjective

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

Adverb

The program was shown live. We are broadcasting live from downtown. Here he is—live in concert! The album was recorded live.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There should be nobody else telling them how to live their life, how to do sh*t. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish and Other Celebrities Speak Out Against Abortion Bans," 20 May 2019 Watch the video to see more of French Montana’s day to day, or a general master class on how to live your best life. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Surfing, Mint Tea, and Moroccan Silk: 24 Hours With French Montana," 17 May 2019 Despite living an immensely private life, Radziwill shared small glimpses into her world through her two books—Lee and Happy Times—which included photos and anecdotes about her friends and adventures. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside Lee Radziwill's Energetic Upper East Side Apartment," 8 May 2019 Sway was noteworthy for living wholly on the web at Sway.com, and for exerting a fair amount of control over the design of the document. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches 'Fluid Framework' to transform the traditional Office document," 6 May 2019 Winky Lux fans on Instagram are clearly ready to live that blacklight life. Marci Robin, Allure, "Winky Lux’s New After Dark Lip Crayon Makes Your Lips Glow Under Blacklight," 30 Mar. 2019 The largest model, the Trio 120, has 1,300 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable A-frame house can be built by just two people," 11 Jan. 2019 This is home, after all, for chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly, who lives upstairs with his wife, Molly Superfine-Rivera, and their newborn son, Leon. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Recipe for Seared Scallops—Plus a Magic Ingredient," 2 May 2019 At the end of the day, 55% of people in food deserts are less likely to have a good-quality diet over people who live elsewhere. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There are two hour dinner options available that come with gourmet eats, live music, and of course, gorgeous views. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Luxury Glamping Site Comes With an Infinity Pool and a 65-foot Yacht," 30 May 2019 Additionally, many online streaming services allow live video to be streamed on your television. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How to Watch Big Little Lies Season Two," 17 May 2019 Much of the event was live-streamed on Facebook by Extinction Rebellion Los Angeles (ERLA). Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Extinction Rebellion Climate Activists Glued Themselves to the Universal Studios Globe in Los Angeles," 23 Apr. 2019 Image Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase and live music will be featured. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Start making pretzel necklaces now: Beer festival season is in full pour," 9 July 2018 The social network has acquired rights to bring live English Premiere League matches to users in parts of Southeast Asia. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Facebook wins British soccer rights for Southeast Asia," 6 July 2018 Laine was declared the 2019 winner during Sunday's finale after securing the most votes during the live coast-to-coast broadcast. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Laine Hardy Is the Winner of 'American Idol' 2019 and Alejandro Aranda Fans Are Losing It," 20 May 2019 Further back, Alyx’s Matthew Williams paired up with artist Haruka Hirata to present a live installation of Japanese ikebana flower arranging, inspired by their studio’s studied preparation for the 1017 Alyx 9SM show in Paris. Vogue, "Inside Berlin’s First 24-Hour Fashion Festival," 20 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The 2019 CMT Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5, at 8 p.m. ET. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Date Night! Brantley Gilbert's Pregnant Wife Amber Flaunts Her Baby Belly at 2019 CMT Awards," 5 June 2019 The 91st Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Feb. 24 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Mesfin Fekadu, The Seattle Times, "Oscar music nods: Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Diane Warren," 22 Jan. 2019 Killing Eve star Sandra Oh and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg will co-host the 76th annual ceremony, which will air live on NBC at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific. Vox, "Golden Globes 2019: winners, nominations, and biggest moments," 6 Dec. 2018 Here's how to watch the hearing, which is airing live on television and streaming online. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "How to Watch Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford's Senate Testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 But Katz has not confirmed that Ford will show up for Monday’s open hearing, which would be aired live on television. Fox News, "Grassley suggests last-minute Kavanaugh hearing could be canceled if accuser doesn’t accept invite," 18 Sep. 2018 The interactive program will air live from Anderson’s New York City newsroom in mobile-friendly vertical video. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Facebook’s first wave of ‘trustworthy’ news shows sure includes a lot of Fox News," 11 July 2018 Before the bands perform, the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff TV Special will air live from the fairgrounds from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on WBAL-TV. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (July 9): Bel Air's Fry among four-way tie atop leaderboard at Maryland State Open," 10 July 2018 About Ricochet's tweak and the UK tournament not airing live. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Triple H Levesque talks NXT TakeOver: Chicago, HBK, Ricochet, UK tournament," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of live

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for live

Verb

Middle English, from Old English libban; akin to Old High German lebēn to live

Adjective

short for alive

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More Definitions for live

live

verb

English Language Learners Definition of live

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to be alive
: to continue to be alive
: to have a home in a specified place

live

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of live (Entry 2 of 3)

: having life : living or alive
informal : not imaginary : actually existing
: done in front of an audience : of or involving a play, concert, etc., that is performed in front of people

live

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of live (Entry 3 of 3)

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

live

verb
\ ˈliv How to pronounce live (audio) \
lived; living

Kids Definition of live

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be alive Dinosaurs lived long ago.
2 : to continue in life My grandmother lived to the age of 98.
3 : dwell sense 1 They live in Indiana.
4 : to spend life Let them live in peace.
live it up
: to live with great enthusiasm and excitement
live up to
: to be good enough to satisfy expectations

live

adjective
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Kids Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having life : alive If the public gets to know we've got a live dinosaur here, they'd be swarming all over the place …— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg
2 : broadcast at the time of production a live television program
3 : charged with an electric current a live wire
4 : burning usually without flame live coals
5 : not exploded a live bomb
\ ˈliv How to pronounce live (audio) \
lived; living

Medical Definition of live

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be alive : have the life of an animal or plant
2 : to continue alive lived for 50 years
3 : to maintain oneself lives on a vegetarian diet
4 : to conduct or pass one's life a parasite living in the body of a host

live

adjective
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Medical Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

: having life : living

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