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

Other Words from survive

survivor \ sər-​ˈvī-​vər How to pronounce survive (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Across the industry, companies are looking for how to improve their pitch to consumers—from bundling to pricing to examining which products should survive in the marketplace. Jessica Toonkel, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 Explore the world, mine raw materials and survive the night. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 12 Sep. 2022 What does Charles have to do to keep the monarchy relevant or survive even? ABC News, 11 Sep. 2022 All of the people inside had already evacuated and no injuries were reported, but two bearded dragons did not survive. Rosana Hughes, ajc, 11 Sep. 2022 Turfs in these areas develop poor root systems and cannot survive the more stressful times of the year. Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2022 Elizabeth had four children, Prince Charles (1948), Princess Anne (1950), Prince Andrew (1960) and Prince Edward (1964), all of whom survive. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 Biographers point to the queen's devotion to duty as her most important personal and professional characteristic, raising questions about whether the monarchy can survive long without her. Maria Puente And Jeff Stinson, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2022 My husband isn’t sure what the etiquette is, given that their baby may or may not survive. Annie Lane, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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15 Sep 2022

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“Survive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survive. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for survive

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

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