live stream

1 of 2


variants or less commonly livestream or live-stream
plural live streams also livestreams or live-streams
: a broadcast streamed over the Internet for live (see live sense 8b) viewing
Over 600,000 viewers watched the live stream of the [spacecraft] launch on YouTube.Loree Seitz and Lawrence Yee
The event was also shown across the world on a free live streamDianne Bourne
Mobile devices are the primary platforms for watching a live streamHyung-Min Kim and Seongcheol Kim
… most counties are required to set up a 24-hour live stream during ballot counting.Amber Phillips
… I fired up the ol' computer and dialed up the livestream that promised to let me watch Paxton say something, anything, about ethics.Ken Herman
often used before another noun
a live stream event
a live stream channel

live stream

2 of 2


variants or less commonly livestream or live-stream
live streamed also livestreamed or live-streamed; live streaming also livestreaming or live-streaming; live streams also livestreams or live-streams

transitive verb

: to broadcast (an event) over the Internet for live viewing : to broadcast a live stream of
… NBC's streaming service Peacock will live stream all the network's Beijing coverage …Sam Kieldsen
A July 22 event was live streamed via Apple Music to a reported 3.3 million viewers, possibly a record for the service …Olivia Evans
For those who prefer to take part in the ceremony from home, the service will also be live streamed on the Town's YouTube
The public broadcaster decided not to livestream the speech by the founder of a separatist group the government is seeking to ban …Paul Yeung
also : to watch (an event) by connecting to a live stream
… here are the sports you can live stream and watch on TV … Jesse Campigotto
With a monthly membership, you can live-stream these … music-filled classes seven days a week. Dale Arden Chong
They can either live stream the footage on their app to see and speak to the person in front of the camera, or communicate with them via a smart display or smart TV device. Aliza Vigderman and Gabe Turner

Examples of live stream in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Watch a live stream of the entire festival on X. Lil Wayne’s set begins around the 4:11:00 mark. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 19 May 2024 White posted the TikTok live stream, sitting down as a few students removed his braids, on May 5. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 18 May 2024 The streaming giant is fresh off the November live stream of The Netflix Cup, a crossover with pro golfers and Formula 1 drivers and found success with the docuseries Full Swing. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2024 The event, which is free and open to the general public, will feature a pre-show with performances and appearances by Broadway talent, as well as a live stream of the ceremony. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2024 The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has launched a live stream of the peregrine falcon nest, one of the first known in recent years on the island that once served as a prison for some of the country's most notorious criminals. Li Cohen, CBS News, 6 May 2024 The star told La La Anthony during Vogue's official red carpet live stream that the dress was an amalgamation of three different Chanel couture dresses from the 1940s, 1950s and from a more recent 2020 collection. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 Large crowds have come to watch the mammals lie in the sun, while others have tuned into the pier’s live stream. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2024 This year, the Met Gala live stream will be hosted by actor Gwendoline Christie, producer and actor La La Anthony, and model Ashley Graham. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 6 May 2024
The game will be live streamed on fuboTV (free trial) and Paramount+ (free trial). Mark Heim |, al, 4 Apr. 2023 The crew will be three Americans and one Canadian.\ NASA will live stream the announcement at 11 a.m. on NASA TV and its social media channels from NASA Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field in Houston. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1995, in the meaning defined above


1997, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of live stream was in 1995

Dictionary Entries Near live stream

Cite this Entry

“Live stream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to broadcast (an event) over the Internet for live viewing : to broadcast a livestream of
also : to watch (an event) by connecting to a livestream


2 of 2 noun
: a broadcast streamed over the Internet for live viewing
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