live

verb
\ ˈliv \
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 \

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 \

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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Agencies that partner with the company set up a special page, and access to information — like where to vote or when to register for a primary — is targeted to the relevant area where a person lives. New York Times, "Nextdoor Is Betting a Social Network Can Still Be a Platform for Politics," 13 July 2018 In a photo from her cover shoot for the July/August issue of Health Magazine, Busy Philipps poses angelically amongst the chaos often found in a home where young kids live. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Every Celeb Kid Is Strumming On This Quaint Fairytale Instrument, But Why?," 12 July 2018 At this time, Alexandria—which Alexander the Great claimed to have founded (although people were living there earlier)—was the capital of Egypt. Owen Jarus, Scientific American, "Discovery of Massive Granite Sarcophagus Presents Mystery of Who Is Inside," 12 July 2018 The report suggests that their preference for where to live is having a bigger impact than their views on homeownership itself. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why aren’t millennials buying houses?," 11 July 2018 In 1938, the consulate in Rotterdam was the only one issuing visas in the Netherlands, where the Franks lived. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Anne Frank’s Family Tried to Escape to the United States, New Research Shows," 6 July 2018 The incident became another example of white people calling the cops on Black people just trying to live their lives. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "'BBQ Becky' Called the Cops on This Black Man. Now He Is Running for City Council," 6 July 2018 Even though the famous city has an important place in history, centuries of building has covered over many of the ruins and millions of people now live and work on top of what was once founded by Alexander the Great. Abigail Abrams, Time, "A Mysterious Sarcophagus That May Not Have Been Opened in 2,000 Years Was Found in Egypt," 14 July 2018 Unlike typical vultures however, the black vulture attacks living animals as well as those sick or already dead. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Under the skin, the Expedition is an F-150 enhanced with an independent rear suspension instead of a solid live axle. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 If players aren’t playing, many are still watching on Twitch, a platform for popular gamers to stream their live gameplay to an audience. Alyssa Newcomb And Peter Maguire /, NBC News, "Video game 'Fortnite' is raking in millions and taking over the real world," 12 July 2018 Guitarist Wayne Sermon says the group is raising the bar on the live show to deliver on the anticipation. Alan Sculley, kansascity, "Imagine Dragons: ‘Evolve’ show is ‘the most complicated production’ they’ve done," 11 July 2018 The fair includes live music from Dibbs and the Detonators, a Fire Extinguisher Parade, costume contest, and interviews with both Jersey and Matt McGinnis, from Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Phoenixville's Blobfest returns as the movie that inspired it turns 60," 11 July 2018 The day featured live music by Jim Ferguson, and a Dog Day Costume Parade that brought out numerous local pooches. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Lebanon Farmers Market In Full Swing," 11 July 2018 The live-music destination hosted the Farm Aid benefit in 2001 as well as the opening date of Lollapalooza in 2003 — the final touring edition of the festival now identified with Chicago. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Sweet Apple-Wood Fest: Start your weekend off with live music and a fish fry Friday, finish with a chicken dinner Sunday, and catch a car show in between. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do this week in the southern suburbs," 10 July 2018 Eventually, Rashad proposed to her on live TV, during the NFL pregame show on Thanksgiving, 1985. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "Michael, Murray and ... OJ? Ahmad Rashad Has Kept His Celeb Friends Close—Most of Them, Anyway," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The festival features creative, exciting, and imaginative short films from around the world-animation, live-action, and documentary-good for all ages. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic Con 2018: Here's your Sunday schedule," 8 July 2018 The scene is a live-action tribute to Ditko and Lee’s Amazing Spider-Man No. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Spider-Man: Homecoming paid homage to Steve Ditko," 7 July 2018 Test your survival skills this summer at Dystopia Rising Washington, which hosts fully-immersive live-action role playing weekend events set in a post-apocalyptic world complete with enemies - both alive and undead. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Leave the kids behind: Summer camp for adults," 6 July 2018 As Disney prepares to release several live-action remakes of animated classics, Aladdin is no exception. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 For Tyskiewicz, the program coordinator, seeing the former convent live on — even after the school next door, St. Augustine’s, closed two years ago — gives him reason to hope. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Jubilee House: In A Former Convent, Women Find A Path To The Culinary World," 3 July 2018 Also returning is a live-action remake of the animated sci-fi series Aeon Flux. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "MTV Will Reboot Daria, The Real World and Made Among Slate of New Shows," 21 June 2018 On Fridays, Juris Sixstrings played live shows and Rikki worked the bar. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018 Paramount just announced a live-action/animation hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie, starring perpetually underrated Westworld star and James Marsden. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Finally, We're Getting a Sonic the Hedgehog Movie," 31 May 2018

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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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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

: 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 \
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 \

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 \
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 \

Medical Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

: having life : living

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