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

Synonyms for survive

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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 Santa Barbara’s mild climate has allowed her business to survive on outdoor dining alone. Andy Puzder, WSJ, "Lockdowns Starve Mom and Pop," 4 Jan. 2021 The series centres around a group of teenage girls who end up stranded on a deserted island and are forced to survive on their own. Rosie Knight, refinery29.com, "The Wilds Puts Clever Twists On Pop Culture’s Most Classic Survival Stories," 14 Dec. 2020 There’s no way to survive on a meat-only diet without suffering some serious health problems. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About the Carnivore Diet," 14 Dec. 2020 In March, when state officials closed all nonessential businesses, many restaurants overhauled their business models — and in some cases, their menus — to try and survive on takeout and delivery alone. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Indoor Dining May Be Banned Again, Threatening Many N.Y.C. Restaurants," 7 Dec. 2020 Somehow they get separated from their party, lost, and end up having to survive on their own until search-and-rescue finds them. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Consider Before You Buy a Survival Kit," 4 Dec. 2020 Despite Slack’s experience, Zukin insisted there are still avenues for independent software firms to survive on their own. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Slack’s sale shows the perils of competing with Big Tech," 1 Dec. 2020 Both teams had to survive in their respective games on Wednesday with ASU slipping past Rhode Island and Villanova getting by Boston College 76-67. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU will look for better defensive effort against Villanova," 27 Nov. 2020 These shallower areas, such as mangroves and seagrass, are rich with nutrients, which help young grow big and strong enough to survive out on their own. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Megalodon was a megalo-mom," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Survive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survive. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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 survive (audio) \ noun
survivor \ -​ˈvī-​vər How to pronounce survive (audio) \ noun

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