survive

verb
sur·​vive | \ sər-ˈvīv \
survived; surviving

Definition of survive

intransitive verb

1 : to remain alive or in existence : live on
2 : to continue to function or prosper

transitive verb

1 : to remain alive after the death of he is survived by his wife
2 : to continue to exist or live after survived the earthquake
3 : to continue to function or prosper despite : withstand they survived many hardships

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Other Words from survive

survivor \ sər-​ˈvī-​vər \ noun

Synonyms for survive

Synonyms

ride (out), weather

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Examples of survive in a Sentence

I don't see how any creature can survive under those conditions. bacteria that survive in extreme temperatures Only a few written records survive from those times. These ancient practices still survive in some regions. Some of the original bridges survive. Many businesses are struggling to survive in today's economy. Only his son survived him. She survived her husband by only a few years. He survived a political scandal and was elected to the state legislature. The company survived the recession.
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The justice has survived several health scares since joining the court, including a bout with colon cancer in 1999 and early-stage pancreatic cancer, which doctors caught in 2009. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses First Day of Arguments," 7 Jan. 2019 The lessons that helped us survive in the Tohono for thousands of years are in danger of being forgotten forever. Damien Carlos, Teen Vogue, "Discovering My Tohono O'odham Culture Saved My Life — So I'm Helping Other Youth Do The Same," 7 Dec. 2018 Because, like the saying goes, after a nuclear war, only two species will survive: cockroaches and Cher. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Kimye, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, and More Came Out for The Cher Show’s Opening Night," 4 Dec. 2018 Later that day, doctors amputated both of her legs; the kids survived without a scratch. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 According to executive producer Maril Davis, having Murtagh survive on the show was an organic move. Sarene Leeds, Glamour, "7 Times Outlander Didn't Follow What Happened in the Book," 3 Dec. 2018 In 1964, Santa Rosa survived the Hanley Fire, which burned in nearly the exact same footprint as 2017’s Tubbs. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster survived a Republican runoff election one day after Trump held a rally in the state to support him. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump, at ND rally, says keeping Senate in GOP hands 'the most important thing' after Kennedy retirement," 2 Oct. 2018 Mars is also easier for a spacecraft to land on and survive, whereas every step of a Mercury lander would be challenging. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of survive

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for survive

Middle English, to outlive, from Anglo-French survivre, from Latin supervivere, from super- + vivere to live — more at quick entry 1

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survive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of survive

: to remain alive : to continue to live

: to continue to exist

: to remain alive after the death of (someone)

survive

verb
sur·​vive | \ sər-ˈvīv \
survived; surviving

Kids Definition of survive

1 : to remain alive : continue to exist No creature can survive without water. The tradition survives to this day.
2 : to live or exist longer than or past the end of The house survived the flood.

Other Words from survive

survivor \ sər-​ˈvī-​vər \ noun

survive

verb
sur·​vive | \ sər-ˈvīv \
survived; surviving

Medical Definition of survive

intransitive verb

: to remain alive or in existence : live on

transitive verb

1 : to remain alive after the death of his son survived him
2 : to continue to exist or live after survived the stroke

Other Words from survive

survival \ -​ˈvī-​vəl \ noun
survivor \ -​ˈvī-​vər \ noun

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