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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the rare triumph for human rights in China was short-lived: Her brother was forced to stay behind, ensuring Liu Xia stayed silent on the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death Friday. Washington Post, "Nobel widow’s release is short-lived human rights triumph," 13 July 2018 Yelich and Realmuto are close friends that were both drafted in 2010, played in the minors together and even lived together before Realmuto got married. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Catcher J.T. Realmuto returns to Marlins as an All-Star and a father," 13 July 2018 Even the slightest spike in prices may be higher than residents can bear in a blue collar city where nearly 25% of residents live below the poverty level. Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 Stumped Oregon authorities were left trying to figure away to protect the girl’s interests while ensuring that the family lived within the law. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Leave No Trace': Father, daughter are homeless, unless home is where the heart is," 11 July 2018 The Monsanto brand may disappear soon, but claims that its most famous weed killer causes cancer will live on for years in court. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "Why Monsanto Could Soon Get Hit With a Flood of Cancer-Related Lawsuits," 11 July 2018 Below, read on for the products that seven of QVC's masterminds can't live without. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The One Beauty Product QVC Hosts Can't Live Without," 11 July 2018 South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live alongside each other. Indianapolis Star, "Alligator made home in Indiana pond," 11 July 2018 The excitement has been short-lived, though, as the boys’ safety remains uncertain and rescuers are weighing how best to retrieve them. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why 12 Thai boys are still trapped in a cave, days after being found," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The types of harassment these reporters have experienced while trying to do their jobs include being randomly kissed by men during live reports. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "FIFA Has Reportedly Asked Broadcasters to Stop Leering at Female Fans at World Cup Games," 12 July 2018 These are the highlights of live sports events on television for Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Weekend sports TV listings," 14 July 2018 These sports-betting operators aim to offer the same kind of real-time wagers during live sporting events that have been available to those in the U.K. and other parts of Europe for years. Chris Kirkham, WSJ, "States Weigh Bets on Mobile Sports Gambling," 13 July 2018 President Trump is set to announce his next Supreme Court nominee tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST in a live television event that feels as hyped as a Celebrity Apprentice finale of yore. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Which of Trump’s Potential Supreme Court Nominees Would Be the Worst for Women?," 9 July 2018 Winners were chosen during a live stream on the artist’s YouTube channel, during which Schuster also played acoustic versions of his songs. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Chilean Firm Ushers In Virtual Record Signings, With Help of Google's Tilt Brush," 12 July 2018 The cruise will feature live entertainment scheduled on the US-12 Bar & Grill patio, 34824 W Michigan Avenue. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit for the week of July 8 and beyond," 9 July 2018 The fest also features live music and food from the area restaurants and food trucks. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 6 July 2018 Drinks are also available for the guests, of course, and the show will also feature live music and parlor games for an interactive element. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The power-pop song went live at midnight across digital music services, a full week ahead of schedule. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' Is Here: Stream It Now," 13 July 2018 The redesign has been over a year in the making and went live on Monday, July 9. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 The customer's daughter was staring at her phone, watching Wright's 17-year-old daughter, Zoe Laverne, perform live on lip-sync video platform Musical.ly. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Greenwood teen has 3M Musical.ly fans. But after being bullied, she goes to school alone," 6 July 2018 Stylist Zadrian Smith of PETRIe magazine worked with the brand for the collaboration with Gardner (imagery goes live on Friday). Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ferragamo Names Virginia Gardner New Face of Hollywood-Themed Studio Bag," 5 July 2018 The Boston Pops Fourth of July celebration will be streamed live on BostonGlobe.com. Anush Elbakyan, BostonGlobe.com, "Watch: The 2018 Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks Spectacular," 28 June 2018 Back then, most of the musicians regularly performed live at Radio Afghanistan and would be busy until noon. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 The aftermath of the shooting was streamed live on Facebook by a passenger, Mr. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, whose young daughter was in the back seat. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "$16 Million vs. $4: In Fatal Police Shootings, Payouts Vary Widely," 28 June 2018 Just three days after their initial post went live, Wildfang's CEO Emma McIlroy told Teen Vogue that the brand has raised around $250,000 for the organization with plans on continuing to raise more. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Wildfang Raised $250,000 For RAICES With "I Really Care" Jacket," 25 June 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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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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