\ 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 outto 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
\ 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


\ 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 For all of urban history, factories, power plants, warehouses, and the like have been kept separate from where people live. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Cities Need to De-Emphasize Cars and Turn Streets Into Parks—Data Sheet," 17 Sep. 2019 Olviedo’s attorney Knox emphasized that the pastor had lived a life of community work that spanned his time in Honduras, his journey to the border and his temporary life in Tijuana. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Honduran youth pastor sent to Tijuana under ‘Remain in Mexico’ wins asylum," 16 Sep. 2019 The second in a series of articles on the impact of global warming on the world LIKE MOST Malawians, Wema Kaloti lives off the land. The Economist, "Climate change is making it harder to reduce poverty in Malawi," 16 Sep. 2019 The math is fun, but the forecast is really helping people to live their lives in the best way. Anchorage Daily News, "‘This isn’t just a stupid story, it’s a big story’: An oral history of Sharpiegate," 14 Sep. 2019 Drink RiNo’s Oktoberfest features live music and tons of delicious craft beers, ciders and spirits. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "The ultimate guide to Oktoberfest in Colorado, 2019 edition," 13 Sep. 2019 Rohrabacher is now living a post-congressional life in Maine after Laguna Beach Democrat Harley Rouda displaced him last year. Daily Pilot, "Political Landscape: Ex-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher sells Costa Mesa home," 12 Sep. 2019 Mary lived for more than a decade longer than her husband, passing away in March of 1965. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The royal visit in the film is based on a true story.," 11 Sep. 2019 What About the New Collection? Rihanna's latest collection is already live and available to shop online at Amazon Fashion. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Rihanna's Latest Savage x Fenty Show," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To view the live updates feed on your mobile device click here. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Live updates: Raiders fade, fall to Chiefs 28-10," 15 Sep. 2019 Between prospect visits, the start of the fall live evaluation period and the Louisville Live event, the Cardinals can expect a whirlwind of recruiting activity this month. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball: Recruiting heats up in crucial September period," 12 Sep. 2019 Project Text: Go beyond stories to get daily text updates from an array of reporters and editors, covering the Ohio Statehouse, major league sports, entertainment, local government, live events and more. Cliff Pinckard,, "Cleveland, eastern suburbs hit by microburst that knocks out power for days: The Wake Up for Monday, Sept. 16, 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 And because there will be no delay on broadcasting the live event, ABC will not be able to edit out foul language, the network told the candidates. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate featured frontrunners who battled each other, attacked Trump," 12 Sep. 2019 But at the live event, the theme was undergarments as power dressing for women claiming their freedom to move. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Rihanna Keeps Reinventing the Lingerie Fashion Show with Savage X Fenty," 11 Sep. 2019 Then participate in a public speaking workshop led by a National Geographic staff member who helps explorers craft stories for live events at headquarters, and practice presenting your own story. National Geographic, "Photo, Film, and Multimedia Journalism at Nat Geo in Washington, D.C.," 10 Sep. 2019 The plans include an outdoor climbing wall, an urban park with a stage for live events and new food and beverage venues. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Everything you need to know about Las Vegas’ latest reinvention, from Eataly to Lady Gaga and the NoMad," 9 Sep. 2019 Bettors will have walk-up access to a wagering counter with ticket writer stations along with dozens of televisions to watch live sporting events. Luke Feliciano,, "Take a gamble: Hollywood Casino helps usher in a new era for Indiana sports betting," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This offer has admittedly been live for a while now, but Microsoft says the $2 deal is set to expire on September 30. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: You can still convert 3 years of Xbox Live to Game Pass Ultimate for $1," 17 Sep. 2019 Cain’s tweet was live on the social media platform for more than two hours before it was pulled down from Twitter on Thursday. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "‘My AR is ready for you’: Lawmaker’s ‘threatening’ tweet to Beto O’Rourke is removed," 13 Sep. 2019 Lawson also plans to host readings, signings, workshops and other events, some of which will be live-streamed. Madison Iszler,, "Jenny Lawson, ‘The Bloggess,’ is opening a bookstore and bar in the San Antonio area," 4 Sep. 2019 Oral arguments will be live-streamed at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "How to watch today’s St. Paul organized trash arguments at the MN Supreme Court online," 20 Aug. 2019 The internet-famous couple exchanged vows on July 29 surrounded by cameras that were live-streaming the event for thousands of fans online. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Tana Mongeau Contemplates Having Sex with Jake Paul on Their Wedding Night," 19 Aug. 2019 Some eBay listings, which were live as recently as this morning, depicted a painting Epstein reportedly kept in his home. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "eBay and Shopify pull listings on Jeffrey Epstein-inspired merch," 19 Aug. 2019 The memorial was simulcast live at three satellite locations: the Convention Center. Dallas News, "Abbott decries racism as thousands grieve, celebrate the lives of 22 people killed in El Paso massacre," 14 Aug. 2019 Reporter Hannah Drown will be live from the courtroom for the sentencing. Hannah Drown,, "See sentencing for Parma Heights pen-pal slayings on Facebook Live around 9:30 a.m.," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of live


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for live


Middle English, from Old English libban; akin to Old High German lebēn to live


short for alive

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How to pronounce live (audio)

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
How to pronounce live (audio)

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


How to pronounce live (audio)

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


\ 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
\ 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
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Medical Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

: having life : living

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