\ 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 outto 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
\ 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


\ 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 The upcoming 15th round of the season will see a broadcasting barrier broken in England: All 10 games live. Washington Post, "Playing catch up: Premier League round to air live in UK," 2 Dec. 2019 Souvi Das, Mimi Das’ mother, said the family lives nearby and has made attending the festivities a tradition. Steve Sadin,, "Cold outside but hearts warm as Deerfield turns on its holiday lights," 1 Dec. 2019 Not many games billed as classics live up to expectations, but this one did, plus. Scott Ostler,, "49ers leave rainy Baltimore a smarter team with self-esteem intact," 1 Dec. 2019 Today, antiretroviral medicines can control HIV and help people live long lives. Judith Feinberg, STAT, "The view from West Virginia: the end of HIV transmission is a distant dream," 1 Dec. 2019 Costumed performers and live animals will highlight the occasion., "Religion Briefs: Live Nativity at Faith Lutheran returns for 38th consecutive year," 30 Nov. 2019 City-living fans know property taxes can be an issue. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Stunning penthouse sits atop Brush Park mansion brought back to life," 30 Nov. 2019 Investigators were outside the Heinz Lofts apartment complex Saturday, where Pryor reportedly lives and where the incident reportedly took place. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "Former NFL, Ohio State football player Terrelle Pryor stabbed in Pittsburgh," 30 Nov. 2019 There will also be a reindeer barn and Santa’s workshop, arts and crafts and live choir music. Phillip Valys,, "Get lit: Top 10 Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Miami," 29 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The first live look at Daniel Craig’s final turn as James Bond is around the corner, as the 25th film in the franchise, No Time to Die, is set to debut its first trailer this Wednesday, Nov. 4. Rachel Yang,, "New James Bond film No Time to Die will debut first trailer on Wednesday," 2 Dec. 2019 Olivia Reiner, a journalist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, provided a very important public service by live-tweeting the shoveling action. Elizabeth Wolfe And Ralph Ellis, CNN, "The MetLife Stadium field crew had a busy day shoveling snow at the Packers-Giants game," 1 Dec. 2019 Scheen sat at a table with Theresa Thayer, 62, a live-in caregiver who became homeless after her patient died. John Carlisle,, "Homeless people Up North are drawn to this small Michigan community," 1 Dec. 2019 According to the association, 28% of the live Christmas trees purchased in 2018 were bought at farms. Abdel Jimenez,, "Christmas tree farmers are leaving the business at alarming rates. It could mean fewer options for consumers in coming holidays.," 29 Nov. 2019 Kotb shared the beautiful news on live television (Nov. 25). Jasmine Grant, Essence, "'Today' Host Hoda Kotb Is Engaged!," 25 Nov. 2019 The family expresses heartfelt appreciation to Jean's live-in caregiver, Elisabeta Celani, and Jean's companions Tami Battaglio, Carmen Fowler and Janet Vogeler and nurses from Kindred at Home., "Jean J. Weil," 25 Nov. 2019 As the video rolled on large screens, defenseman Connor Clifton and forward Anders Bjork took the stage in full uniform, sticks and skates included, for the crowd to get the live look at the new clothing line., "The snazzy new jerseys, to be worn in game action for the first time when the Rangers visit for Friday’s 1 p.m. matinee, feature an oversized bold “B” on the chest, taking the place of the club’s iconic spoked-B logo that is embedded into center ice at the Garden.," 25 Nov. 2019 DJs Lolo, Hottpants, Carmel Ophir and Carlos Melendez will spin the best of the era, and the State Of will play a live set at 11 p.m. Be sure to dress the part. Ben Crandell,, "Your Thanksgiving Eve quandary solved: 15 places to take visitors in South Florida on Nov. 27," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Read on for a full list of the NYFCC’s 2019 award winners, updating live as they’re announced. Joey Nolfi,, "2019 New York Film Critics Circle Awards announced: See the full winners list," 4 Dec. 2019 Just 72,000 of those watched the game via a mobile device — the most readily available proxy for live-streaming. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Liverpool vs. Everton Is a Match Made for Amazon," 3 Dec. 2019 The event will be streamed live on NBC News Now, and NBC News Learn, and will be featured across MSNBC programming. NBC News, "MSNBC to host December forum on education issues with 2020 Democrats," 3 Dec. 2019 Pro-government rallies in Tehran have also been aired live by the state broadcaster Press TV. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "One of the worst crackdowns in decades is happening in Iran. Here's what we know," 3 Dec. 2019 In order to get a feel for the future, Jak Wilmot, the twenty-two-year-old co-founder of a V.R. content studio called Disrupt, lived inside a headset for a week in February—and, of course, live-streamed every second. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, "Taking Virtual Reality for a Test Drive," 2 Dec. 2019 There are several other good Black Friday deals that just went live beyond that—check them out below. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: More Black Friday deals are now live, including AirPods for $129 [Update]," 28 Nov. 2019 Pros: Supports live streaming, crystal clear surround sound audio, crisp and bright 360 footage Cons: Not cheap for a GoPro, shaky at night, with two-dimensional video, quality goes down Buy it: GoPro MAX 360, $499.99 3. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Underwater Cameras for Every Situation—From Waterfalls to Deep Sea Dives," 18 Nov. 2019 Season one, which featured interviews with the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Stephen King and Jamie Lee Curtis, drew nearly 6 million viewers in Nielsen live-plus-7 ratings. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "AMC Renews 'Eli Roth's History of Horror' for Second Season," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of live


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


1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for live


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


short for alive

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“Live.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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How to pronounce live (audio)

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
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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


How to pronounce live (audio)

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


\ 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
\ 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
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Medical Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

: having life : living

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