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

Synonyms for survive

Synonyms

ride (out), weather

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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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Researchers have accepted industry funding to study habitat fragmentation and advised oil palm companies on how to best manage the surviving wildlife in their concessions. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Courting controversy, scientists team with industry to tackle one of the world’s most destructive crops," 11 July 2019 Calculate for both of you Many would-be Social Security beneficiaries also fail to consider the effect claiming early will have on their surviving spouse’s Social Security benefit. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "Do the math. Here's why you shouldn't claim Social Security at 62," 11 July 2019 Paleontologists are using fossilized teeth — the only surviving evidence of the Megalodon — to take a bite out of the mystery of its disappearance. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Shark Week 2019 schedule: Your guide to all 18 specials," 10 July 2019 The Man and Vic Fischer, the sole surviving member of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, who has been outspoken in his criticism against Dunleavy’s budget cuts. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "As override deadline looms, anti-veto ralliers say they’ll fight to the end," 10 July 2019 Boris’s surviving rival for the Tory leadership, Jeremy Hunt, called on him several times to explain what had happened and, more generally, to submit himself to more debates and cross-examinations by the media. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Can Anyone Beat Boris?," 9 July 2019 Two Barbary lion cubs have been born in a Czech zoo, a welcome addition to a small surviving population of a rare lion subspecies that has been extinct in the wild. Washington Post, "2 rare Barbary lion cubs born in Czech zoo," 9 July 2019 Under the Secure Act, an IRA owner could still leave the account to a surviving spouse, who’d remain exempt from the 10-year clock. Philip Demuth, WSJ, "Congress Is Coming for Your IRA," 9 July 2019 My story is but one anecdote (and one that doesn't take Sandman's surviving family and record labels into account). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The DMCA bell did not toll for a beloved musician—thus, I could grieve him," 6 July 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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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 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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