Definition of survive
1 : to remain alive or in existence : live on
2 : to continue to function or prosper
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
survivorplay \-ˈvī-vər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of survive from the Web
He is survived by his six children and wife Talinda Bentley.
Boyce, 61, survived two strokes and five operations to unblock arteries around his heart, including three procedures in which doctors propped open his blood vessels with stents.
One of the measure's sponsors, Hastings said a new effort to have that reduction carry over to surviving spouses of disabled veterans will be introduced in the Legislature.
As the only two surviving members of the wolf pack, Nymeria and Ghost are our best bet for a heart-melting direwolf reunion.
Bryan Criales, then 22, engaged and on the fast track to become a manager at Publix, survived but barely.
Three surviving members and Page’s family will attend the SEC Championship game in December to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the first varsity black athletes to play in a conference football game.
This is a game where the distributor keeps almost the whole pie, and only so many news organizations can survive on the scraps the Internet platforms allow to fall to the floor.
Vladimir Putin didn't rise in the KGB, and survive the collapse of the Soviet Union to become his country's presiding autocrat, by surrendering golden opportunities when they simply are handed to him.
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SURVIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of survive for English Language Learners
: to remain alive : to continue to live
: to continue to exist
: to remain alive after the death of (someone)
SURVIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of survive for Students
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.
Word Root of survive
The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. Someone vivacious is full of life and is lively and energetic. Something, such as a story, that is vivid appears to be full of life and freshness.
Medical Definition of survive
intransitive verb: to remain alive or in existence : live on
transitive verb: to remain alive after the death of his son survived him
2: to continue to exist or live after survived the stroke
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