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

Over the past few years, tiny homes, the epitome of simple, easy living in minimal square footage, have taken over our Instagram feeds and made us envy those who could live such full lives in these extremely small spaces. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Love Tiny Homes? Now You Can Build Your Own," 1 Mar. 2019 This was a horrifying development for those of us who lived through the 2000s. Anne T. Donahue, Glamour, "Low-Rise Jeans Are Coming Back—And That's OK," 18 Jan. 2019 The study compared 295 Neanderthal skull pieces, from individuals who lived between 20,000 and 80,000 years ago, to 541 contemporaneous humans (i.e., people like you and me) living in Eurasia. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 In terms of living space, High Island is a serious fixer-upper—unless the buyer is ok with living in a run-down cottage without running water or electricity, that is. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "There's a Private Island in Ireland on the Market For $1.4 Million," 22 Feb. 2019 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby is almost here, but first things first: Meghan Markle has to celebrate her upcoming bundle of joy with her friends that live stateside. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Likely Reason Why Kate Middleton Wasn't at Meghan Markle's Baby Shower," 19 Feb. 2019 Follow these steps by Law and Michael Gaffney, founder of the New York School of Flower Design, to keep your flowers living longer with common household ingredients. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 But Priestley invented an artificial carbonation process while living next to a brewery in Leeds. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 If all goes to plan, NASA TV’s live stream should come online for both the flyby and the accompanying press conferences. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch as NASA sends a spacecraft past a rock at the edge of the Solar System," 30 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The whole episode will probably be available all at once, which looks like how RTT has released previous episodes (in that case, the video might be edited; live streams aren't). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How to Watch Jordyn Woods' Red Table Talk Interview With Jada Pinkett Smith," 28 Feb. 2019 Celebrating National Pig Day and the Year of the Pig with pig races, Beer Garden & S’Winery, live music, cultural performances, noon-7:30 p.m. March 1, Pike Place Market, Seattle (pikeplacemarketfoundation.org/events/pigday/). Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Love in the Market, Green River Glass Show, Northwest Flower & Garden Festival," 20 Feb. 2019 Volusia County Sheriff's Office The 28-year-old DeLand, Florida, woman had been beaten by Floyd, her live-in boyfriend, and held at their home against her will for two days, deputies said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A nervous woman passes a note at vet’s office, video shows. ‘Call the cops,’ it reads," 11 July 2018 How many categories will be removed from the live telecast? Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "What to Watch For at the Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 Not all of the awards are given out during the live broadcast and most of them will be awarded at the premiere ceremony, which will be available on the Grammys official website starting at 3:00 PM ET. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How to Watch the 2019 Grammys Online," 8 Feb. 2019 He's only seen one of her films: the live action version of 101 Dalmatians. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close's Dog Helped Her Accept an Award, Is a Very Good Boy," 4 Feb. 2019 Jonas is posting live updates from the trip to his Instagram, which is only intensifying my FOMO. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Live-Instagramming Their Honeymoon," 11 Jan. 2019 Place individual blooms in a vase and bend and twist stems outward to mimic the movement of live flowers, which face the sun. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "7 of the Best-Looking Fake Plants You Can Buy," 28 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

On Saturday, employees noticed their company email accounts had been closed, but the Feminist Apparel website was live and receiving orders. refinery29.com, "Feminist Apparel CEO Fires Entire Staff After They Learn He's An Admitted Sexual Abuser," 9 July 2018 According to Variety, all new Disney live-action and animated movies, starting with this year's Dumbo, will be available through the site. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The Disney+ Streaming Service Sounds Like It's Going to Be Every Parent's BFF," 2 Jan. 2019 The series is another live-action take on a classic superhero group, which was introduced midway through Titans earlier this fall. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "DC Universe’s Doom Patrol arrives on February 15th," 21 Dec. 2018 The first trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action Kim Possible remake is finally here! Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Disney Releases Live-Action "Kim Possible" Trailer," 8 Dec. 2018 The award ceremony will be co-hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh and broadcast live on January 6 starting at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, on NBC. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "All the 2019 Golden Globes Nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 The latest live-action remake from the studio isn't really a live-action remake at all, since as real as the animals in Jon Favreau's take on the story look, they're still animated. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The First Trailer for the Live-Action 'Lion King' Starring Beyoncé and Donald Glover Is Here," 24 Nov. 2018 What’s interesting is these live-action films do kind of leapfrog over the Broadway shows. John Timpane, Philly.com, "'Aladdin' composer Alan Menken saw star potential really early in Lin-Manuel Miranda, and in Ardmore's Benj Pasek, too," 14 June 2018 After the encounter, carried live on television, Flake demanded a one-week FBI investigation into Kavanaugh before the Senate voted on his Supreme Court nomination. Colby Itkowitz, The Seattle Times, "6 things to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union address," 5 Feb. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'live.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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