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: living in one's place of employment
a live-in caregiver
: being or involving people in a romantic or sexual relationship who live together and are not married
a live-in partner
a live-in relationship
live-in noun
plural live-ins

live in

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lived in; living in; lives in

intransitive verb

: to live in one's place of employment : live in another's home

Examples of live-in in a Sentence

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Instead, the show brings into focus the people who have been hovering around the margins of the main characters’ lives: their live-in domestic helpers, non-expat friends, the church pastor. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2024 Each of those includes a two-car garage and additional living space, likely for guests or live-in staff. James McClain, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 The new code remains silent on the question of live-in relationships that are not between men and women. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 My very dear friend has discovered that her live-in boyfriend of two years has been hiding $55,000 in credit card debt. Jeanne Phillips, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Davis and Glen Griffin of Houston, Texas, say having a live-in au pair to care for their three children has been a lifesaver. Alexis Christoforous, ABC News, 26 Jan. 2024 Although hospice generally does not offer live-in care, agencies promise regular visits from members of the hospice team and 24/7 access to on-call doctors and nurses. The Editors, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 At the time, many young female immigrants worked as live-in maids for wealthy families uptown. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 14 Jan. 2024 But unlike traditional recovery houses, residents in the reentry housing program do not have curfew restrictions or have to be overseen by live-in staff. The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2024
Dickie Greenleaf lives in Mongibello, a hamlet outside Naples, hiding from his parents and their shipping business. Hazlitt, 28 Feb. 2024 This year, Shaver Pickett — who lives in Wingate, N.C. — will visit her daughter in Wilmington, N.C., for a family birthday dinner. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 Will those who live in the capital of car culture commit to giving up a portion of city streets to cyclists and pedestrians in the name of public safety? Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Despite their low numbers, African Americans make up 38% of the homeless population in San Francisco, one of the world's most expensive cities to live in. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2024 Many years later, family members who lived in Houston were able to transition from the inner-city Fifth Ward, and its homes on stilts, to Pleasantville. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 The author is a screenwriter who lives in Silver Lake. Jessica Amento, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Lopez-Galvan, who lived in Shawnee, was a mother of two and a disc jockey who hosted a program on community radio station KKFI. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 Western officials said he had been poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent known as Novichok, which British authorities said had also been used in the 2018 poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a Russian former spy who was living in England. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of live-in was in 1890

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“Live-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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