live by

phrasal verb

lived by; living by; lives by
: to agree with and follow (something, such as a set of beliefs)
He tried to live by his faith.
a principle I try to live by
: to survive by (doing something)
They were an ancient people who lived by hunting and gathering.

Examples of live by in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flying cars are no longer a thing of the future, and neither is the need to choose between commuting on land or sea, at least for those who live by the water. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024 Part English and part Native American from the Rappahannock tribe, Boo Rollins set the rules on the farm, and lived by them. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 This is about creating an environment where stability and innovation are not just strategies, but values lived by every member of the team. Niki St Pierre, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 McCoy said the people who live by the river don’t bother anyone. Trevor Morgan, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024 But there quickly was an undercurrent of unease between farmers who lived by the fickleness of seasons and climate, and EU officials who had rulers and calculators at the ready. Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb. 2024 Last fall, the city used $2 million in state funding to remove about 200 people living by the river in tents and RVs and moved many into permanent housing and shelter. Ethan Varian, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Thursday’s conversation will be open to participants at the conference and will streamed live by the White House and the Conference of Mayors. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 17 Jan. 2024 The region recently received a $17 million state grant to help around 250 individuals living by the river. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Live by.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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