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

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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 He is survived by his wife, Lynda, Maitland, and two daughters Lauren, Orlando, & Lesley, Takoma Park, Maryland. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/15," 15 Nov. 2019 He is also survived by other brother- and sister-in-laws, and a host of neices and nephews. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 11/15," 15 Nov. 2019 Willard is survived by his wife, Beth, sons Aaron and Bruce (wife Jennie), daughters Kris (husband Ken) Ely and Ellen (husband Butch) Miller and nine grandsons. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Beloved Knightstown football coach Don Willard dies; he crafted his own 'Hoosiers' story," 14 Nov. 2019 Horvat believes the cows somehow managed to survive the storm surge by swimming to the sliver of land. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "3 Cows Swept Away by Hurricane Dorian’s “Mini Tsunami” Recently Turned Up on the Outer Banks," 13 Nov. 2019 Little Chika was born three days before the massive earthquake of 2010, and miraculously survived it, despite her cinder block house collapsing. Freep.com, "In 'Finding Chika,' Albom reveals his family's devastating love story," 3 Nov. 2019 But for those companies that have survived in Silicon Valley since the 1960s and 1970s — Sobrato, Prometheus, Essex and Jay Paul were all founded between 1965 and 1979 — the meteoric rise in property prices has been wildly profitable. Mercury News, "Who are the top 10 players in Silicon VAlley?," 3 Nov. 2019 Witherspoon is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD and Alexander. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Legendary Actor John 'Pops' Witherspoon Dies At 77," 30 Oct. 2019 Moneyline: Streaks have to end at some point, but the Red Wings (+125) don’t have much talent behind their first-line and are in a scoring funk without the defense/goaltending to survive. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings odds, picks and betting tips," 27 Oct. 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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The first known use of survive was in the 15th century

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“Survive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survived. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for survive

survive

verb
How to pronounce survive (audio)

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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