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 Trailing 24-21 in the waning seconds of regulation, the Yellow Jackets looked to have survived when quarterback Tobias Oliver dashed 17 yards up the middle for an apparent touchdown. Joel Boyd, chicagotribune.com, "College football Week 3 wrap-up: Which team self-destructed the worst? Why are Florida fans mad at Brian Griese? And the Heisman contender in Oklahoma who isn’t named Jalen Hurts.," 16 Sep. 2019 The loss of Williams, who started three games and played in all 13 as a freshman, isn’t optimal but UW should have enough depth to survive this week. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW suffers another injury hit with nose tackle Bryson Williams out with a leg injury," 5 Sep. 2019 This text, donated to the Free Library of Philadelphia in 1944, represents the first published collection of Shakespeare’s plays and is one of around 230 folios known to survive today. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Is This John Milton’s Annotated Copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio?," 17 Sep. 2019 Plus The United Auto Workers union needs the GM strike to survive, experts say. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump's tax returns, Israelis vote on Netanyahu's political future & 'Dancing' the political twist: The Morning Rundown," 17 Sep. 2019 Impossibly chic, yet comfortable enough to survive a 14-hour flight, her statement footwear was the perfect finish to an otherwise cozy, casual look. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Took NYFW’s Hottest Street Style Shoe to the Airport," 16 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately for these Glendale, California, students, a nuclear blast happens to arrive just in time for the homecoming dance, and in the aftermath, the high school and all of its students have to band together to survive. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Daybreak" Releases First Trailer for the Apocalyptic High School Drama," 16 Sep. 2019 In a recent example, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Associationfound that lung cancer patients undergoing radiation were less likely to survive when hurricane disasters disrupted their treatments. Emily Holden, Scientific American, "Climate Change Is Having Widespread Health Impacts," 16 Sep. 2019 Most of the country is too busy trying to survive to think much about the past. The Economist, "A sad, tawdry end for Robert Mugabe," 15 Sep. 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

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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