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

On Saturday night, the dog's owner was moving her belongings out of a home in the 500 block of West Baseline Road, which is also where Vega Meza lives. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Buckeye man arrested after woman's dog found beheaded," 17 June 2019 The park is also a shining model for oceanic conservation and harbors the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez. National Geographic, "Baja and the Sea of Cortez High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 The effect was especially intense in southern King County, where Wharton lived, as economic opportunity continued to wane for two decades. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 How to watch live stream online: Watch live on Fox Sports Go. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Germany vs. South Africa in 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Live updates, TV channel, how to watch live online," 17 June 2019 The scientists first compared the facial anatomy of six domestic dogs, each representing a different breed, to that of four gray wolves (modern dogs’ closest living relatives) from two wild populations. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Domestication Made Dogs’ Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans," 17 June 2019 The Alameda County district attorney’s office built its case around the perilous conditions in a warehouse not designed or licensed as a living space or music venue. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "The Scanner: Ghost Ship defendant to testify, SF public defender’s spokeswoman shown the door," 17 June 2019 But no one had seen it definitively in living bacteria. Quanta Magazine, "Swirling Bacteria Linked to the Physics of Phase Transitions," 16 June 2019 On that inaugural Father's Day, Dodd handed out red roses to living dads, and white to honor the deceased. CBS News, "World's best dads," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Moreover, there’s a law on the books forbidding live music in Rowley’s historic district. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Briar Barn Inn in Rowley: A cute new inn in an unlikely place," 18 June 2019 There will be live music from Trailer Park Floosies and food from Donatos Pizza and Packhouse Meats and drinks. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Everything you need to know about Pride Week in Cincinnati," 18 June 2019 The new festival will more or less take over Ripken Stadium, Weston said, offering live music and a kids zone with inflatables, face-painting and batting cages. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Inaugural Maryland Foodie Fest to feature everything from crab cakes to cook-offs," 17 June 2019 The free event features hundreds of hot rods, woodies and other classic and vintage vehicles along with live music. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Girl Scouts donate trash sorting cans to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens," 17 June 2019 As the city’s residency market becomes more and more flooded with live music, Wynn Las Vegas has recently had tremendous success with sell out nights booked by AEG from the likes of Chris Tucker, Sebastian Maniscalco and Jo Koy. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jimmy Kimmel Opens Las Vegas Comedy Club, Surprise Lineup Includes Sarah Silverman," 16 June 2019 The festival also has the usual trappings like live music, rides, food and vendors. cleveland.com, "12 things to do in Cleveland on Father’s Day weekend," 15 June 2019 The Jackson Avenue Block Party Stage will feature four days of live music. James Krause, Naperville Sun, "Better Than Ezra, Vertical Horizon and Big Head Todd the main stage acts for this year's Last Fling," 14 June 2019 The other block parties are July 18, with live music by Rusty Rock ’N Roll, and Aug. 8, with tunes by the by Country Cougars. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos community briefs for the week of June 14," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Houseparty came from the team behind Meerkat, the momentarily extremely popular live-streaming app that was very quickly upstaged by Periscope. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Fortnite maker Epic Games buys video chat app Houseparty," 12 June 2019 People are earning money not just from playing in the leagues but also from live-streaming their games. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "These three segments have set online entertainment on fire in India," 11 June 2019 The tweet, which includes 29 seconds of surveillance footage, said the doughnut was taken while the suspect appears to be live-streaming the theft. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "'Donut Desperado' live streams theft at Dunkin' days ahead of National Doughnut Day," 6 June 2019 Reporter Hannah Drown will be live on cleveland.com’s Facebook page tonight multiple times to show scenes from the event and learn more about what’s in store for the rest of the season. Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "First Edgewater Live is upon is! People watch, see scenes on Facebook Live videos tonight with Hannah Drown," 6 June 2019 The event will be live streamed, and fans watching at home will also have an opportunity to donate. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Porter Robinson's Second Sky Festival Will Benefit Robinson Malawi Fund Against Cancer," 5 June 2019 All the games can be live streamed at Watch ESPN and through the Watch ESPN apps. oregonlive.com, "NCAA baseball super regional matchups set: Schedule, TV channels, how to watch all NCAA Tournament games," 4 June 2019 YouTube is taking additional steps to restrict the possibility that children will be targeted by predators on the video platform — including banning young kids from live-streaming without adult supervision. Variety, The Mercury News, "YouTube bans kids from live-streaming video unless accompanied by an adult," 3 June 2019 The first group of pieces will go live on Re/Done’s website in mid-May, along with select retailers including MatchesFashion.com, Barneys, and Selfridges. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Attico’s New Collaboration With Re/Done Is Giving Upcycled Fashion a Major Boost," 15 Apr. 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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