live

verb
\ ˈliv How to pronounce live (audio) \
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 How to pronounce live (audio) \

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 How to pronounce live (audio) \

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

Cherie lived downstairs from Chris in a building on Pearl Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "The Radical Transformations of a Battered Women’s Shelter," 13 Aug. 2019 The two students lived with other friends in a house, but only one of the friends had a car. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Digital retailer goPuff expands into Houston," 12 Aug. 2019 Gainesville is where Gordon has been living since then. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Where’s Josh Gordon? One man’s search for the would-be Patriots receiver," 11 Aug. 2019 Many of the federation’s athletes had been living with their disabilities for decades or since birth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Athletes with disabilities ‘inspire’ at Chula Vista race," 11 Aug. 2019 The couple had been living the good life, enjoying the trappings of wealth and raising three sons. CBS News, "Peter Chadwick caught: Fugitive murder suspect goes from real estate millionaire to bussing tables during years on the run," 10 Aug. 2019 But there are many loopholes, and women in relationships who are not married to, do not live with, or have children with their abusers receive no protection. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "A Common Trait Among Mass Killers: Hatred Toward Women," 10 Aug. 2019 And for those who might have been living under a rock the past year, the two protagonists are Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Illinois Republicans recoil over Trump’s possible Blago pardon, suspect in slashing attack near DePaul arrested and other things to know to start your day," 9 Aug. 2019 Acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in the JT Realmuto trade, Sanchez has lived up to his highly touted billing. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "With minor league season winding down, how Marlins will handle Sixto Sanchez and top prospects?," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

An upscale restaurant focusing on live-fire cooking, the Gibson opened in 2017 with Chronicle Rising Star Chef Robin Song at the helm. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "No longer partnering with Mourad Lahlou, Louis Maldonado is now chef at San Francisco’s Gibson," 13 Aug. 2019 Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment and sports company, has signed a deal to consult on live music entertainment and potentially bring more high-profile performers to league events. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Jay-Z and Roc Nation will consult NFL on music and activism," 13 Aug. 2019 Guests can expect a menu of mocktails, lawn games and music from a live DJ. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "An alcohol-free bar is popping up in Phoenix. Here's what you need to know," 13 Aug. 2019 The offense used a two-tight end formation with a fullback in the backfield during the live tackling period. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "The Browns offense can be high-flying, but what about smashmouth?," 13 Aug. 2019 Legend holds that these villagers — about 1,700 live on the island today — share the same ancestors as the dragons. New York Times, "Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists?," 12 Aug. 2019 The Virtual Telescope Project in Europe will share its own live feed starting at 6 p.m. ET on Monday. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "When and where to watch the Perseid meteor shower peak tonight," 12 Aug. 2019 Before each game in Boulder, the Buffaloes’ 2,000-pound, live buffalo mascot, Ralphie, takes a big lap around the field, leading the entire Colorado team into the stadium while sporting a CU-themed banner. Mitchell Gladstone, SI.com, "The Greatest Traditions in College Football," 12 Aug. 2019 Other software programs include StentViz to get better visualization of stents; InnovaChase, which can follow contrast bolus at a rate of 5 frames per second; and Innova Vision, for live 3D rotational images at a single click. Sponsored Content With Emergency Hospital Systems, Houston Chronicle, "New Cath Lab Brings Cutting-edge Cardiac Care to Cleveland, Texas Residents," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The show will be streamed live exclusively to The Lumineers’ Fan Club members via The Big Parade App. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "The Lumineers Reveal 2020 Arena Tour Dates," 1 Aug. 2019 And thankfully, the company is streaming all the action live. Michael Calore, WIRED, "How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals," 25 July 2019 The stings, live-streamed to an engaged audience, become a spectacle, a form of entertainment—a twisted consequence of Facebook’s mission to foster online communities. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "There’s a global movement of Facebook vigilantes who hunt pedophiles," 24 July 2019 Then Engle stepped aside for the main attraction: a high-performance Hollywood-style video presentation that was live-streamed around the world. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray debut a moon shot," 23 July 2019 The testimony will also stream live on NBC News NOW, NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, YouTube, and other streaming platforms beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. NBC News, "Robert Mueller testimony: Everything you need to know," 23 July 2019 Canada’s national police force live-streamed a press conference regarding a double homicide on Friday and added animated cat-like features to the presiding officer. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Canadian Police Accidentally Livestream Double Homicide Press Conference Using Facebook's Cat Filter," 21 July 2019 The demonstrations, which are live-streamed on social media, employ Hebrew songs and Jewish chants. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "Jews getting arrested at ICE centers are just getting started," 16 July 2019 The service is invitation-only but will be live-streamed. Laura Jacobus, Dallas News, "Private service set for Ross Perot," 14 July 2019

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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
informal : 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 How to pronounce live (audio) \
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 How to pronounce live (audio) \

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 How to pronounce live (audio) \
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 How to pronounce live (audio) \

Medical Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

: having life : living

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