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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But the safety agency concluded that Falkenhan might have survived if a search crew on the second floor had had a hose to douse the flames before the fire raced up the stairwell and took his life. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Had Firth not been so fortunate, Dr. Rager told the East Idaho News, the father of two might not have survived. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Father, 43, Survives Being Impaled by Huge Metal Spear," 12 July 2018 In a recent essay on these pages, Walter Olson made a definitive argument that this decision will survive in a conservative Supreme Court. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Kavanaugh and the Culture Wars," 11 July 2018 Many of us believed that Nixon’s presidency could not survive the court’s ruling. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Is Kavanaugh Trump's 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card'?," 10 July 2018 Sensing things aren’t moving along, soldiers are sent into the area to stir up violence, but some people still just want to help others survive. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The First Purge' Leans In to Political Chaos to Sell Horror," 5 July 2018 The masses are kept docile by an endless stream of game shows, but none is more famous than The Running Man, which pits convicted criminals against seasoned assassins, with a pardon waiting if the victims survive. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 July 2018 Can the camera even survive the near 20-year journey without being damaged? Scientific American, "Astronomy at the Speed of Light," 3 July 2018 But Joanna had been right in her suspicions that her child could not survive the difficulties and dangers of medieval travel, and Charles Martel died soon after his arrival in Hungary. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 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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