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 The loudest advocates of defunding the police don’t have to live with the consequence of their advocacy. Robert L. Woodson Sr., WSJ, "Media’s Racial Narrative Targets Whites, Harms Blacks," 16 Apr. 2021 Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Snoop Dogg Recounts Meeting DMX and Inspiring the Late Rapper's Song 'Get At Me Dog'," 13 Apr. 2021 Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. NBC News, "DMX’s family warns fans of scammers claiming to raise funds for rapper's funeral," 13 Apr. 2021 Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "DMX’s legacy in 12 songs," 9 Apr. 2021 Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. David Drake, Rolling Stone, "DMX, Rapper Who Blended Aggressive Menace With Emotional Sincerity, Dead at 50," 9 Apr. 2021 Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. Jem Aswad, chicagotribune.com, "Rapper DMX dies at 50 after suffering heart attack," 9 Apr. 2021 Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. D'shonda Brown, Essence, "Rapper DMX Dead at Age 50," 9 Apr. 2021 Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, "DMX, gravel-voiced hip-hop star who topped charts in late ‘90s, dead at 50," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But for the last 12 months, since the pandemic grounded the live-music business, one of the greatest guitar players and songwriters alive had to find something else to do with his hands. Rj Smith, Los Angeles Times, "A beloved musician’s memoir is cause for celebration ... and mourning," 6 Apr. 2021 The Sugaregg tour marks one of the first tour announcements since the Covid-19 pandemic shut down live music in spring of 2020. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "Bully Announces North American Tour in Support of ‘Sugaregg’," 6 Apr. 2021 And when live music stopped, his efforts escalated. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2021 Top Music Lawyers," 5 Apr. 2021 LinkedIn already gives users the ability to publish posts in text, broadcast live video, and brief videos that disappear after 24 hours. Fortune, "Clubhouse’s rise sets off a scramble by rivals to copy it. Here’s who’s trying," 31 Mar. 2021 Donald Williams was testifying on Monday when the live video of the courtroom cut out and the judge closed court for the day. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "Derek Chauvin trial live: MMA fighter who asked officers to stop 'blood choke' on George Floyd will testify again," 30 Mar. 2021 Dean Schiller, a witness who saw officers gathering outside the store, posted a live video from the scene shortly after the shooting began. New York Times, "Gunman Kills 10 People in Grocery Store Shooting in Boulder, Colo.," 23 Mar. 2021 The windows of the store appear to be broken, according to a bystander live video on YouTube. BostonGlobe.com, "Police responding to active shooter at Colorado supermarket," 22 Mar. 2021 The live video showed heavily armed officers surrounding the building. Washington Post, "Boulder police respond to an ‘active shooter’ incident at grocery store," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Troubadour Tom Bukovac is live at 8 p.m. from 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. Gary Graff, cleveland, "Fundraisers for Backline and Little Kids Rock top this week’s online concerts," 7 Apr. 2021 The Mets-Phillies game starts at 6 p.m. Central (7 p.m. Eastern) and will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Mets-Phillies MLB 2021 live stream (4/6): How to watch online, TV info, time," 6 Apr. 2021 The event is closed to the public but will be live streamed on the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ADVAVets/. Arkansas Online, "Calendar 3-28-21," 28 Mar. 2021 The White Sox-Athletics game starts at 3 p.m. Central (4 p.m. Eastern) and will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "White Sox-Athletics 2021 MLB spring training live stream (3/24): How to watch online, TV info, time," 24 Mar. 2021 The streams will be live here, and tours will take place on March 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 pm eastern, March 25 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. eastern, and March 28 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. eastern. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Take a Virtual Taxi Ride Around Singapore on Twitch — and You Tell It Where to Go," 24 Mar. 2021 Some of it couldn’t be live simply for the safety of the crew. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, "The Grammys’ Executive Producer Does Not Care About the Ratings," 19 Mar. 2021 The hearing will be live streamed on Cleveland’s TV20. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "City Council wants to quiz Cleveland’s police chief on why officers weren’t allowed to chase carjackers," 12 Mar. 2021 The proceedings against Chauvin, 44, were live streamed online. Los Angeles Times, "Judge pauses trial of first officer accused of killing George Floyd," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of live was before the 12th century

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19 Apr 2021

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“Live.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/live. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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