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live

play
verb \ ˈliv \

Definition of live

lived; living
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
4 a :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 month
  • Boy 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
4 a :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 song
  • Newsweek
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

Examples of live in a Sentence

  1. We learned about the people who lived during colonial times.

  2. I wonder what it was like to live then.

  3. She's one of the greatest writers who ever lived.

  4. It was one of the largest animals that has ever lived.

  5. He lived to the age of 92.

  6. He's very sick and he may not live much longer.

  7. I hope I live to see the day when you admit you've been wrong about me!

  8. I'll remember that day for as long as I live.

  9. He lives next door to his parents.

  10. We lived in the city.

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Origin and Etymology of live

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


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live

play
adjective \ ˈlīv \

Definition of live

1 a :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
7 a :not yet printed from or plated
  • live type
b :not yet typeset
  • live copy
8 a :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

Examples of live in a Sentence

  1. They object to the use of live animals in scientific experiments.

  2. a nightclub with live music

  3. She was nervous about being interviewed on live radio.

  4. The network is providing live coverage of the debate.

  5. Use caution when you are working near live electrical wires.

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Origin and Etymology of live

short for alive

Other Broadcasting Terms


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live

play
adverb \ ˈlīv \

Definition of live

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

Examples of live in a Sentence

  1. The program was shown live.

  2. We are broadcasting live from downtown.

  3. Here he is—live in concert!

  4. The album was recorded live.

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First Known Use of live

1946

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LIVE Defined for English Language Learners

live

play
verb

Definition of live for English Language Learners

  • : to be alive

  • : to continue to be alive

  • : to have a home in a specified place


live

play
adjective

Definition of live for English Language Learners

  • : 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

play
adverb

Definition of live for English Language Learners

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


LIVE Defined for Kids

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live

play
verb \ ˈliv \

Definition of live for Students

lived; living
1 :to be alive Dinosaurs lived long ago.
2 :to continue in life
  • My grandmother lived to the age of 98.
3 :dwell 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

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live

play
adjective \ ˈlīv \

Definition of live for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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live

play
intransitive verb \ ˈliv \

medical Definition of live

lived; living
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

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live

play
adjective \ ˈlīv \

medical Definition of live

:having life :living


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