live

verb
\ ˈliv \
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 \

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 \

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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But Bill Groener, who lived next door to the Harts back in West Linn, Oregon, believes that this was a tactical move on the mothers' part. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 6: "Beautiful Black Boys"," 15 Jan. 2019 Chang’e-4, whose name comes a mythological goddess who lives on the moon with her pet rabbit, represents another step forward for the CNSA's ambitions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "China Successfully Lands on Far Side of Moon," 3 Jan. 2019 Chen Qiufan’s novel The Waste Tide is on its way, following a girl named Mimi who lives on Silicon Isle, home of the world’s largest electronic waste recycling center. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Evolutionary biologist Joanne Wright of Griffith University and her colleagues sequenced DNA from 10 Aboriginal Australians who lived before European contact, some as long as 1,540 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 But architect John Toya, who lives off Alamo Square, brought his personality and a sense of whimsy to his apartment, filling it with mementos from his travels and reclaimed industrial cast-offs. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 This will make an especially big impact for any newfound wealthy people who today live outside the Bay Area. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 As air moves through the filter, pollutants and particles are captured and the clean air is pushed back out into the living space. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018 Molly McCook is now the face of the hilarious middle daughter who lives with Tim’s Mike and Nancy Travis’s Vanessa. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Remember When Nick Jonas Was on 'Last Man Standing?'," 1 Dec. 2018

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Alongside those live action shows are a pair of animated series — Harley Quinn, and Young Justice: Outsiders (which begins streaming on January 4th) — as well as a daily talk show, DC Daily. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "DC Universe’s Doom Patrol arrives on February 15th," 21 Dec. 2018 The sale is live from now through December 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET, for travel between January 7 to May 23 and there are no blackout dates. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Amtrak’s Roomette Seats Are Two for the Price of One," 5 Dec. 2018 Jessie J is believed to have been dating Magic Mike star Tatum for a few months, and recently supported the actor at the launch of his live show in London. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Sends Jessie J "Nothing But Respect" After Post About Comparisons in the Media," 19 Nov. 2018 At the bar, musicians play live music, while locals and businesspeople have wine, cocktails, and (surprisingly delicious) tapas. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Safari in Kenya: A Beginner's Guide," 14 Nov. 2018 The incident, which appears to have taken place in Cook County, Ill., was filmed last month as a Facebook live video by Mia Irizarry, who was wearing the Puerto Rican flag shirt. Alix Langone, Time, "Puerto Rico Governor Says Cop Should Be Fired After Woman Harassed in Viral Video," 10 July 2018 The president is scheduled to make the announcement at 9 p.m. EDT Monday from the White House; CBS News and CBSN will have live coverage. David Morgan, CBS News, "Conservative advocate praises Trump's Supreme Court list," 9 July 2018 No one learned this latter lesson more painfully than Leslie Jones and Chrissy Teigen during NBC's New Year's Eve live broadcast from Times Square. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Got Hit in the Face by an Umbrella on Live TV, and Obviously It Became a Meme," 1 Jan. 2019 Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is another cozy spot for a burger and a beer, and on Friday nights the bar downstairs offers live music. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The bug was introduced in a release that went live at an undisclosed date in November and was fixed a week later, Google officials said in a blog post. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google+ bug exposes non-public profile data for 52 million users," 10 Dec. 2018 The situation improved in 2007, when a global network of nearly 4,000 buoys, called Argo, went live. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Earth May Be Warming Even Faster Than We Thought," 2 Nov. 2018 So fans aren't taking her vaccination stance lightly—since the post went live, people have flooded the comment sections with outrage. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Why Everyone You Know Is Boycotting Kat Von D Beauty Products," 13 June 2018 The landmark event will come June 26, when the Applebee's half is set to go live for lunch and dinner. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "World's first IHOP/Applebee's combo about to open in downtown Detroit," 8 June 2018 The race will be broadcast live on race day, Sunday, November 4, from 9:10 A.M. to 2 P.M. EST on ESPN and ABC. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Watching the 2018 New York City Marathon," 25 Oct. 2018 The evening’s performance, led by French tenor Roberto Alagna (the virile Samson) and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca (Dalila—the Bible’s original femme fatale), was live-streamed from 42nd Street jumbotrons. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Patricia Clarkson, Adrien Brody, and Debbie Harry Enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala," 25 Sep. 2018 For those at home, KCON's concerts will be live-streamed on Mwave's website. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "10 K-Pop Hits To Help You Prep For KCON 2018 NY: Listen," 22 June 2018 This year's event will be live-streamed via Twitter for the first time. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Looking for last-minute ideas for Memorial Day weekend? | The Sacramento Bee," 24 May 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

: 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 \
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 \

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 \
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 \

Medical Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

: having life : living

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