live off


lived off; living off; lives off

transitive verb

: to use (something or someone) as the main source of what one needs to survive (such as money or food)
… the indigenous … people, who have inhabited the rain forest of Irian Jaya, living off the land, for thousands of years.Eyal Press
… the fish goes into a kind of hibernation, living off its reserves of fat …Mark Carwardine
… she is one of the few Iditarod competitors who have turned professional, living off race winnings.National Wildlife
… a growing subculture of people who have reduced their spending habits and live off consumer waste.Erika Hayasaki
Max lives off his father …Harold Beaver

Examples of live off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ricky Baez, a 25-year-old lifelong Maryland Manor resident, lives off of $776 monthly disability checks and donations from churches. Dana Munro, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2024 For now, the newborn snakes are living off egg yolk and nutrients from their mother. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 26 June 2024 Students who live off campus and faculty were still blocked from entering the university gates. Cayla Bamberger, New York Daily News, 1 May 2024 New research using satellite imagery and machine learning suggests that the island had a much smaller and more stable population, and the islanders were able to live off sweet potatoes and other crops grown using an ancient farming technique. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for live off 

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of live off was in 1609

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“Live off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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