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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One of the last surviving house bars in Wyandotte, Frank's has been painstakingly preparing its fried perch the exact same way for at least 80 years, but probably closer to 100. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "These are 9 definitive Downriver dining destinations," 6 Sep. 2019 Federal officials interviewed four of the five surviving crew members. Fox News, "CO2 leaks, phone chargers and lots more: Boat-blaze inquiry looks at multiple potential causes," 6 Sep. 2019 In lengthy interviews with NTSB investigators, the surviving crew members described harrowing moments after the fire started. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Investigators believe deadly California boat fire started on the second level," 5 Sep. 2019 Burdo said authorities have made contact with the owner of the chickens, but that no determination had been made regarding the future of the surviving ones. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Truck hauling live chickens catches fire, shuts down Interstate 80 for hours," 5 Sep. 2019 After surviving the Saharan dust, however, Dorian headed northward across the eastern tip of Puerto Rico, then turned east and chugged across the Caribbean, picking up energy from the warm surface waters. Wired, "Why Hurricane Dorian Defied Forecasts and Sank The Bahamas," 4 Sep. 2019 Alfred Jackson, the oldest of Prince’s six surviving siblings, has died. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Alfred Jackson, Prince’s Half-Brother, Dead at 66," 31 Aug. 2019 Messages seeking comment were left for the eight surviving members of the 1996 medical board. Kantele Franko, Cincinnati.com, "Review shows medical board ignored evidence about Ohio State doc's abuse," 30 Aug. 2019 Well, for starters, Serena Williams plays after surviving a second-round scare vs. teenager Caty McNally. Editors, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Dorian, US Open, Labor Day gas prices: 5 things to know Friday," 30 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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