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

While administration officials defend the Agriculture Department and BLM moves as an effort to spread the federal workforce around, 85% of the 2.1 million federal employees already live outside the Washington area. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, "Interior to move one-fifth of Bureau of Land Management’s Washington staff out West, as part of larger reorganization push," 16 July 2019 Their family has lived there for more than a century. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "How to Close Heirs’ Property Loopholes," 15 July 2019 But DeWine lives there during the week, returning to his home in Cedarville on the weekends. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "From fishing to posing with mascots, Mike DeWine is embracing the hokey side of being Ohio governor," 15 July 2019 The brand, with its *wink wink* cult-like following, has undoubtedly lived up to its name. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Jasmin Larian Hekmat, Founder and Creative Director of Cult Gaia," 15 July 2019 Battery anatomy Alex lives inside a standard alkaline AA battery, like in your flashlight or remote control. Robert Masse, The Conversation, "How do lithium-ion batteries work?," 15 July 2019 Three days of timber sports competition, family fun on the festival grounds, live music and more! Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 festivals in Wisconsin to check out this summer," 14 July 2019 Sunday will live up to its name, forecasters said, with widespread sunshine and typical summer temps for the Portland metro area. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Sunday weather: sunny and warm, chances of rain by midweek," 14 July 2019 Selection of 42 craft beers, variety of artisanal dishes from 8 local restaurants, live music. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: July 15-21," 14 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Between live music, countless contests, various rides and more, there will be no shortage of activities to enjoy. Jenny Whidden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From contests to deals, here's everything you need to know about the 177th Waukesha County Fair," 16 July 2019 The 37th annual zuke fest features, of course, zucchini dishes, a zucchini-growing contest, live music, arts and crafts, childrens rides and food. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "7 fabulous Bay Area food festivals this summer," 13 July 2019 Portland Nursery, 5050 S.E. Stark St.; oregonfuchsiasociety.com SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Twilight in the Garden: 6-9 p.m. Enjoy extended hours at the garden with live music and homemade treats. oregonlive.com, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antiques and collectibles, pruning demos and more," 12 July 2019 Swing by the firepit, where live music is offered from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "One Paseo: A day in the life of San Diego’s new urban village," 11 July 2019 This family event will have live music from Queen Solomon and the Jangle Bees, paddle board demos, free coffee and more. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things happening this week: Bear Paw Festival, Medium Build all-ages show and more," 11 July 2019 Such fervour is par for the course at Glastonbury Festival, a major occasion in the live-music calendar. R.d. | Tallinn, The Economist, "The power and the passion of folk singing in Estonia," 11 July 2019 Hop aboard for a tethered balloon ride and soak in the festivities including live music and trick-or-treating from above. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "24 Halloween Celebrations Across America to Spook Your Socks Off," 8 July 2019 From conjoined bungalows connected by decks and a courtyard for live music, Bradley and Malley operate like the Avengers of the near East Side, bringing kitchen and bar together for the greater feel-good. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar delivers Japanese ramen with San Antonio charm," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The city plans to officially terminate its membership in PCTA on Monday and anticipates going live with its new channel the next day. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "With public art master plan pending, Huntington Beach council moves to dissolve art board," 16 July 2019 After the post went live, Gersh and her family received a flood of threats in the form of calls, voicemails, emails, texts and social media posts. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Judge Recommends Neo-Nazi Pay $14 Million to Jewish Woman He Subjected to 'Troll Storm'," 16 July 2019 Covergirl been so generous with the savings, in fact, that the brand has its very own dedicated landing page during Amazon Prime Day, where deals will be going live. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Our Favorite Covergirl Makeup Is on Sale Right Now for Prime Day," 15 July 2019 But her grandiose entrance into cosmetics doesn't end there, as Gaga will also be going live on a video stream today to walk her fans through all of the products. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "How To Watch Lady Gaga's Amazon Prime Day Livestream," 15 July 2019 Facebook aims to have 100 members of the Libra Association by the time Libra goes live. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Why governments around the world are afraid of Libra, Facebook’s cryptocurrency," 12 July 2019 Huntington Beach plans to officially terminate its membership in PCTA on July 22 and anticipates going live with its new channel the next day. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "With public art master plan in the works, Huntington Beach may dissolve its Allied Arts Board," 12 July 2019 McCarthy escalated his rhetoric about McSally in a radio interview this week, days after a website intended to draft him to the race accidentally went live. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Why a retired teacher from Flagstaff will challenge Martha McSally in 2020 GOP primary," 11 July 2019 The new website, set to go live late 2019 or early 2020, will charge people 10 cents per page viewed from any computer. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'live.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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