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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Emma Camp, a marine biogeochemist at the University of Technology Sydney, is studying corals that might be able to survive in warmer, more acidic water. Amy Gunia, Time, 27 July 2021 The Orioles’ young starters are ‘trying to survive’ the majors. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 25 July 2021 Would her restaurant, named for the beauty of Puerto Rico and created to honor her mother’s love of cooking, be able to survive? BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 While filming, no one actually knew if Jimmy was going to survive. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Businesses ‘trying to survive’ About 80% of Tunisia’s textile and clothing plants produce exclusively for Europe, meaning they were badly affected when exports to the European Union plunged 15% in 2020 from a year earlier. Layli Foroudi, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 July 2021 These animals have evolved to be able to survive numerous weather conditions and to make it on their own. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 July 2021 The avian dinosaurs were able to survive the asteroid impact and developed into the birds that populate the planet today. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 July 2021 In some instances, the official penalties aren’t enough to doom a company, but the firm still may not be able to survive for other reasons. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021

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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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“Survive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survive. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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 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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