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

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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 She is expected to survive her injuries, police said. oregonlive, "Child accidentally run over by uncle as he backed out of driveway, Portland police say," 1 May 2021 The young girl broke both her legs, but is expected to survive, according to the New York City Fire Department, NBC New York reported. NBC News, "Girl jumps from 6th-floor apartment to escape fire in NYC," 29 Apr. 2021 He was hospitalized and, at the time, was expected to survive. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Arrest made in 2018 slaying of 16-year-old in Butler County," 28 Apr. 2021 Both were taken to hospitals and are expected to survive. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Off-duty LAPD officer shot in ‘gun battle’ with man who broke into his car, found gun," 28 Apr. 2021 She was then flown to a local hospital for treatment and was expected to survive as of Saturday, police said. Kaila White, The Arizona Republic, "Casa Grande police ID officer, man he fatally shot Friday," 26 Apr. 2021 He is expected to survive being shot several times by a police officer who was trying to arrest him, police have said. CBS News, "Man charged with murder in fatal shooting of 7-year-old girl in McDonald's drive-thru," 25 Apr. 2021 Her unborn baby was delivered during emergency surgery and is expected to survive, police said. Washington Post, "Three arrested in connection with fatal shooting of pregnant Maryland woman," 25 Apr. 2021 That man was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. Dallas News, "Arlington shootout leaves one dead, one injured Saturday night," 25 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survive. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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

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