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

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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She is survived by her domestic partner Margarita Alvarez, three sons, Francisco, Reynoldo and Gilberto, and her brother Robert Ruiz. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Rosie Ruiz, Known for Cheating to Win Boston Marathon in 1980, Dies at 66," 9 Aug. 2019 According to the obituary, she is survived by her domestic partner, Margarita Alvarez, and a brother, Robert Ruiz. NBC News, "Rosie Ruiz, Boston Marathon course-cutter, dies at 66," 9 Aug. 2019 Watson is survived by three sons, Hasira, Sheps and Tejon; a daughter, China; and a sister, Sandra Dillard-Scott. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Lauren Watson dies: Founder of Black Panther’s Denver chapter was 79," 9 Aug. 2019 Vivas's obituary said she is survived by her brother Robert Ruiz, her domestic partner Margarita Alvarez and their three sons. Jenna West, SI.com, "Rosie Ruiz, 1980 Boston Marathon Cheat, Dies at Age 66," 8 Aug. 2019 He is survived by daughters & son in law Lori & Bob Myers of Monroe, Rise Smith of Palmer, Alaska, grandchildren Huie & Kristen Myers, Lisa & Jeremy Fuller, Kevin & Isabella Smith, Hannah & Derick Hannah, Christy Smith, 7 great grandchildren. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/8," 8 Aug. 2019 She is survived by her three children, Mark (Becky) Green of Columbus, Ohio, Jenny (Joe) Buckman of Bardstown, and Steve Green of Providence, Rhode Island; eleven grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 8/8," 8 Aug. 2019 In addition to his wife, he is survived by their daughter, Layla Sawyer; their son, Sam; a brother, Winslow Jr.; and a sister, Karen Sawyer Hurd. New York Times, "Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace Activist and Leader, Dies at 63," 7 Aug. 2019 She is survived by her sons; Randy Quaid and his wife Evi and Dennis Quaid of Texas. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Juanita "Nita" Quaid, mother of Houston-area actors Dennis and Randy Quaid, dies at 92 years old," 7 Aug. 2019

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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 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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