live

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

Essential Meaning of live

1 : to be alive We learned about the people who lived during colonial times. I wonder what it was like to live then. See More ExamplesShe's one of the greatest writers who ever lived. It was one of the largest animals that has ever lived.Hide
2 : to continue to be alive He lived to the age of 92. He's very sick and he may not live much longer. See More ExamplesI hope to live (long enough) to see my grandchildren grow up. 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. She's living on borrowed time. [=she is continuing to live after she was expected to die, but she will probably die soon] Long live the Queen/King! [=may the Queen/King live for many years]Hide
3 : to have a home in a specified place He lives next door to his parents. We lived in the city/suburbs/country. See More ExamplesI live on Main St. [=my house is on Main St.] It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. He's still living at home (with his parents). animals living in zoosHide

Full 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

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 Some return home after a string of burglaries, but others attempt to remain in the United States illegally and live here permanently. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 Camara grew up in the neighborhood, and her parents still live nearby. Tami Luhby, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 As Arizonans still live with the burdens of COVID-19 in their daily lives, Ducey is sure to reference the pandemic — but just how much? Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 In looking at our Geneva live and online sales, early important pocket watches brought tremendous results that haven’t been seen in years. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2022 Reducing local pollution from the trucking industry could majorly benefit the often disenfranchised communities that live near freight corridors. Laura Bliss, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2022 The question now is whether Mayor Jose Miguel Perez can build on those gains as people learn to live with the virus and old habits re-emerge. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 8 Jan. 2022 People can live on the river all their lives and think of the coast as an entirely separate world. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, 3 Jan. 2022 More likely, nations, cities and families will have to learn to live with the coronavirus as the newest new normal. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Around 20% of each feature-length project produced so far has been live action, in order to show some of the settings, that still exist today. Martin Dale, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 The presence of female directors was higher for documentary films, where women accounted for 29 percent of helmers, compared to a mere 19 percent for live-action fiction films and 16 percent for animated features. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 The couple is now gearing up to show their two children, Luna, 8, and Leo, 10, the actor's performance as King Triton in the upcoming Disney live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Alexia Fernández, PEOPLE.com, 11 Jan. 2022 The live-action held a 54 percent audience approval and a 46 percent critical approval at the time of its canceling. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 It's been nearly three years since Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in Disney's latest live-action film adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 6 Jan. 2022 Jokes aside, there’s clear fan interest in seeing more of Holland, Maguire, and Garfield in future movies, including different live-action Spiderverse installments. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 Jan. 2022 Taking the Alvin and the Chipmunks approach, this feature film will blend live-action with CGI animation to bring the Rescue Rangers—voiced by Andy Samberg and John Mulaney—to life. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 1 Jan. 2022 The Book of Boba Fett, just the second of Disney’s planned parade of Star Wars shows, while Marvel has just finished up its fourth live-action production with Hawkeye. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb As the confetti rained down, our team had already captured more than a thousand photos, and delivered more than a hundred images to our readers live from the sidelines. Max Gersh, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Jan. 2022 With these meetings to be held at different locations, the district intends to discontinue the practice of live-streaming and recording the board meetings, Penczarski said. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2022 The 28th SAG Awards winners will be announced live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 12 Jan. 2022 The nominees for the 28th annual SAG Awards (airing live on TNT and TBS, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT) were announced Wednesday morning on Instagram Live by Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 After going virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SAG Awards will this year air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2022 Episodes typically run for three to five hours, and between 30,000 to 40,000 people watch live each week. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2022 Carl Wilson died in 1998, but Ronnie would go on to perform the song live with Brian Wilson at a 2000 concert special honoring the catalog of Barry. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2022 Broadcasting live on Facebook on Saturday, Ho, who is known for his staunchly pro-establishment views, slammed his hand on the table and shook his finger angrily. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022

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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
\ 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

live

intransitive verb
\ 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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