survive

verb
sur·​vive | \ sər-ˈvīv How to pronounce survive (audio) \
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 How to pronounce survivor (audio) \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web While there are no reliable statistics on whether coronavirus patients are more or less likely to survive in Mexico than another country, Moreno described the death rate in lower-level hospitals as worrisome. Washington Post, "Despite COVID surge, Mexico avoids overwhelmed hospitals," 1 July 2020 Nearly $135 billion provided by Congress to help small businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic was left on the table Tuesday as the Paycheck Protection Program stopped accepting new applications. Los Angeles Times, "Popular coronavirus relief loan program for small business expires with billions untapped," 30 June 2020 India’s hotel industry is reimagining hospitality to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "High costs, low revenues: India’s hotel industry is stuck between a rock and a hard place," 22 June 2020 Each person with autism works hard to survive every day in our noisy, crowded, visually stimulating world. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Is there a volume control for sneezes?," 20 June 2020 To start, studies of MERS, a coronavirus relative that flared up in 2012, indicate that this particular virus can survive in the human digestive tract, which is a sign the same might be true for SARS-CoV-2. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "In public toilets, flushing isn't the only COVID-19 risk," 19 June 2020 Into the Wild subject Christopher McCandless, played by Emile Hirsch in Sean Penn's 2007 film adaptation of the nonfiction book, used the bus as shelter while attempting to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Into the Wild bus removed from Alaskan forest due to public safety concerns," 19 June 2020 Some of the mountains rise more than 6,000 feet above the surrounding desert floor, making the lowlands and high peaks drastically different, filled with plants and animals that could never survive in the surrounding deserts. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Conservation groups sue to protect habitat for imperiled Mount Graham red squirrel," 18 June 2020 To survive the pandemic, Taubman would to have to spend a significant amount of money to redevelop its properties and replace key anchors like J.C. Penney and Neiman Marcus, both bankrupt. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Simon, Taubman ready for legal fight over ditched $3.6B dollar merger deal," 17 June 2020

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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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The first known use of survive was in the 15th century

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4 Jul 2020

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“Survive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survive. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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survive

verb
How to pronounce survive (audio)

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 How to pronounce survive (audio) \
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 How to pronounce survive (audio) \
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 How to pronounce survival (audio) \ noun
survivor \ -​ˈvī-​vər How to pronounce survivor (audio) \ noun

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