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 His passenger, a female, was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital and is expected to survive. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Motorcyclist dead after losing control, crashing with no helmet Sunday evening, LMPD says," 13 July 2020 So somebody's got to figure out a way to make this work if this industry is going to survive, and Disney's got more resources than anyone else. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'It's the heart of the brand': Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases spike in Florida," 9 July 2020 Recent reports from China's Inner Mongolia region further demonstrate how pockets of a disease can survive long after an outbreak has ended. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Bubonic plague case found in Inner Mongolia, China," 9 July 2020 Conway was flown to a Chico hospital, Ramsay said, and is expected to survive. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Suspect in ambush killing of Danville doctor recovering from gunshot wound, had previous convictions," 8 July 2020 In a separate study released earlier this year, scientists announced the discovery of a 10-celled creature that can survive without oxygen. Fox News, "Strange new species discovered in Pacific Ocean 'abyss'," 2 July 2020 Another shutdown is always a concern, Womack said, and if businesses are going to survive, everyone will have to do their part. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena chamber finds new approaches during pandemic," 1 July 2020 While doctors have said for months that the coronavirus is not transmitted through food and can’t survive on food packaging, conflicting information has been shared about whether consumers should wipe down grocery bags and to-go containers. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "We asked 3 Texas doctors: Would you eat inside a restaurant in Dallas right now?," 30 June 2020 Most parents want to have jobs, and very few couples can survive comfortably on one income anyway. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Child Care Is Infrastructure," 30 June 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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28 Jul 2020

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“Survive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survive. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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