live stream

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variants or less commonly livestream or live-stream
plural live streams also livestreams or live-streams
: a broadcast streamed over the Internet for live (see live sense 8b) viewing
Over 600,000 viewers watched the live stream of the [spacecraft] launch on YouTube.Loree Seitz and Lawrence Yee
The event was also shown across the world on a free live streamDianne Bourne
Mobile devices are the primary platforms for watching a live streamHyung-Min Kim and Seongcheol Kim
… most counties are required to set up a 24-hour live stream during ballot counting.Amber Phillips
… I fired up the ol' computer and dialed up the livestream that promised to let me watch Paxton say something, anything, about ethics.Ken Herman
often used before another noun
a live stream event
a live stream channel

live stream

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variants or less commonly livestream or live-stream
live streamed also livestreamed or live-streamed; live streaming also livestreaming or live-streaming; live streams also livestreams or live-streams

transitive verb

: to broadcast (an event) over the Internet for live viewing : to broadcast a live stream of
… NBC's streaming service Peacock will live stream all the network's Beijing coverage …Sam Kieldsen
A July 22 event was live streamed via Apple Music to a reported 3.3 million viewers, possibly a record for the service …Olivia Evans
For those who prefer to take part in the ceremony from home, the service will also be live streamed on the Town's YouTube
The public broadcaster decided not to livestream the speech by the founder of a separatist group the government is seeking to ban …Paul Yeung
also : to watch (an event) by connecting to a live stream
… here are the sports you can live stream and watch on TV … Jesse Campigotto
With a monthly membership, you can live-stream these … music-filled classes seven days a week. Dale Arden Chong
They can either live stream the footage on their app to see and speak to the person in front of the camera, or communicate with them via a smart display or smart TV device. Aliza Vigderman and Gabe Turner

Examples of live stream in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Total solar eclipse 2024:Live updates during the celestial event NASA and USA TODAY are providing live streams from the path of totality as the eclipse crosses the United States. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 There will also be an opportunity to create an eclipse projector and a live stream of the totality of the eclipse will be shown in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 Lauren did hours of live streams, amassing more than 32 million views on TikTok that month alone. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Thankfully, there are several live streams where viewers can live stream the solar eclipse. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 The live feed will be relayed to Grim’s sonification software, where it will be transformed into music in real time, then played on a live stream. Aaron Boorstein, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 More recently, in March, Neuralink posted a live stream showing 29-year-old implant recipient Norland Arbaugh using the technology to play a digital version of chess and express how the device has transformed his life after a spinal injury. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 In January 2020, with the world mostly oblivious of what was coming just a few months later, NBC executives touted live streams from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a key selling point for Peacock’s launch. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 So there's going to be a lot of great live streams. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024
The game will be live streamed on fuboTV (free trial) and Paramount+ (free trial). Mark Heim |, al, 4 Apr. 2023 The crew will be three Americans and one Canadian.\ NASA will live stream the announcement at 11 a.m. on NASA TV and its social media channels from NASA Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field in Houston. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1995, in the meaning defined above


1997, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of live stream was in 1995

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“Live stream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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