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

Perched on the edge of his seat, Sauer lives and breathes every second of game play and frantically takes notes as the team is competing. Ben Church And Patrick Sung, CNN, "The elite military veterans nurturing the new generation of professional gamers," 1 July 2019 The car show will be held on Saturday in conjunction with Katy Market Day, a free outdoor market featuring 65+ vendors, food trucks and live music. Houston Chronicle, "TR Katy Rancher calendar 0703," 1 July 2019 Ernie Ortega, 74, was born and raised in Prescott, and lived only two blocks away from the hotshots' base fire station. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "19 flags and 19 names: Arizona man remembers Yarnell hotshots with front-yard memorial," 30 June 2019 Diplo didn't live-stream Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas's wedding ceremony this time around, but details coming in about the couple's more formal post-Vegas wedding in France are the next best thing. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Married at Formal Wedding Ceremony in France," 30 June 2019 Food and live animals make up 34% of Mercosur’s exports to the EU, with crude materials accounting for another big chunk at 29%. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "EU, Mercosur Reach Agreement on Trade," 28 June 2019 What researchers do know is that high levels of soot lead to more and longer-lived contrail cirrus clouds, which could alter weather and climate at the surface, Burkhardt says. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "Aviation’s dirty secret: Airplane contrails are a surprisingly potent cause of global warming," 28 June 2019 And if the new regime inherits a nuclear programme, even a degraded one, any relief might prove short-lived. The Economist, "Breaking the nuclear deal ratchets up the conflict between Iran and America," 28 June 2019 Some were similar to living crocodylians and were primarily carnivorous, others were omnivores and still others likely specialized in plants. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Crocodiles Preferred Plants Over Prey," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At East Manor, a Chinese restaurant at 5600 W. Colonial Drive in Pine Hills, rodent droppings were found near the dishwasher, as well as live bugs in the kitchen, food preparation and storage areas and dead flies in the coffee station. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando pizzeria closed after inspectors find a dog, rat droppings in kitchen; 8 other restaurants cited," 2 July 2019 Prompted by McNair’s death and ensuing scandal, the governor signed a bill that adds more spots on the board and requires the regents to make certain meetings available to the public by live and archived video streaming. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Why has the University of Maryland been placed on 'warning' by its accrediting agency?," 2 July 2019 The events include food, a beer garden, games and free, live music. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Parades, fun and fireworks to highlight the Fourth: A Place in the Sun," 2 July 2019 The silent auction and the preview for the live auction will begin a 10 a.m. at the Katy VFW Post 9182, 6202 George Bush Drive. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy VFW celebrates Fourth of July with auctions, lunch," 2 July 2019 One LeftTuber, Harry Brewis alias hbomberguy, raised $340,000 for Mermaids, a British trans and gender variant advocacy organization, just by live-streaming a 57-hour session of himself playing Donkey Kong 64. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 Harborfest will also include historical reenactments, Freedom Trail tours, live entertainment and other activities. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 There’s also live entertainment, headlined by KC and the Sunshine Band. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Get a taste of Italy in Milwaukee, watch champion water skiers and more Midwest events," 1 July 2019 Wilco — who had, until early in June, been on hiatus from live performance since 2017 — were the stars of the weekend, performing two sets on Joe’s Field and previewing new music in the galleries of Mass MoCA. Maura Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Wilco shines brightest at a sparkling Solid Sound Festival," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Fans began the hashtag #WeStandWithTaylor to offer words of support after Tumblr post went live. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Taylor Swift's beef with Scooter Braun: Everything you need to know," 2 July 2019 Both backdoors were able to bypass Gatekeeper and were undetected by antivirus engines at the time the attacks went live. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "In-the-wild Mac malware kept busy in June—here’s a rundown," 29 June 2019 Now, more than two and a half years after the initial budgeting, O’Brien hopes to see the program go live by September or October. Brian Contreras, The Seattle Times, "City to hire 12 unarmed, noncommissioned officers as Seattle police deal with staffing, public image," 25 June 2019 On Thursday afternoon, Swift went live on Instagram to announce a brand-new song off of her upcoming album and share a few huge details about her forthcoming project. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Everything We Know About Taylor Swift's Next Album Lover," 15 June 2019 WFTV-Channel 9 and WOFL-Channel 35 will go live to the Trump rally, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Amway Center. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Trump in Orlando: President gets TV prime time from stations," 12 June 2019 State records show Brady Ventures was formed in October 2011, a year before video gambling in Illinois went live. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry," 10 June 2019 With this assistance, Ni created RetreatBase, a site that went live on May 29, offering information about meditation locations in the US. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Retreating into silence is increasingly appealing…but where do you go?," 6 June 2019 The two reasons for going live, Sunde explained, were for leverage over the police and to expose their wrongdoings. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is live... He is going to blow my brains out.' How the I-94 standoff played out on Facebook Live," 6 June 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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