outlive

verb out·live \ ˌau̇t-ˈliv \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of outlive

transitive verb
1 :to live beyond or longer than
  • outlived most of his friends
  • outlive its usefulness
2 :to survive the effects of
  • universities … outlive many political and social changes
  • —J. B. Conant

Examples of outlive in a Sentence

  1. No mother wants to outlive her children.

  2. He outlived his wife by 10 years.

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First Known Use of outlive

15th century

outlive Synonyms

Synonyms
outlast, outwear
Related Words
survive; outstay; abide (beyond), endure (past), hold (past), hold out (past), last (beyond), persist (beyond); draw out, perpetuate; succeed


OUTLIVE Defined for English Language Learners

outlive

verb

Definition of outlive for English Language Learners

  • : to live longer than (someone)

  • : to continue to exist longer than (something) : to outlast (something)


OUTLIVE Defined for Kids

outlive

verb out·live \ au̇t-ˈliv \

Definition of outlive for Students

outlived; outliving
:to live or last longer than
  • That rule has outlived its usefulness.


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