survive

verb
sur·vive | \ sər-ˈvīv \
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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for survive

Synonyms

hold out, hold up, keep up, last, prevail

Antonyms

fail, fizzle, give out, go out, peter (out), run out

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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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Only one Asian or African team—Japan—survived the group phase. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Black vultures survive, like most vultures do, by eating carrion — the remains of dead animals. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 One row of homes survived the night, thanks to you. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 Like Laurie Metcalf, Pamela Adlon survived scandal to hear her name called on Emmy-nominations morning. Kate Stanhope, latimes.com, "Pamela Adlon scores Emmy nomination despite Louis C.K. scandal," 12 July 2018 One of the simplest and cleverest barrier methods survived the centuries to become fodder for an iconic Seinfeld scene. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 The simple fact of surviving such turmoil enhanced her position. The Economist, "What doesn’t kill her makes Theresa May stronger," 12 July 2018 Poway survived losing a 4-0 lead to defeat Newport Mesa 7-4 as Addie Queen, Karissa Knapp and Ronsse each had two hits and scored all seven of the team’s runs. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Poway softball team heads to Western Nationals," 12 July 2018 Though both the dress and jumpsuit made Cuoco look ethereal, only one of the looks survived the night in pristine condition. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco Reveals There's Still Ketchup on Her Wedding Jumpsuit - and More Bridal Wardrobe Scoop!," 12 July 2018

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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

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 \
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 \
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 \ noun
survivor \-ˈvī-vər \ noun

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