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 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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If Facebook could no longer attract and retain the best workers, its ability to survive over the long term would be threatened. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 From getting kidnapped in the middle of a corn maze to a dark, mysterious figure coming out from a tree, Sabrina will try to make her way out of certain spots in order to survive. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Hidden Clues from the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Trailer That You Probably Missed," 3 Oct. 2018 Lawford is survived by three children, David, Savannah, and Matt. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "JFK's Nephew Christopher Lawford Dies at 63," 6 Sep. 2018 Regan is survived by his son, Sean, his daughter, Christina Regan-Ardito, three grandchildren and two brothers. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 Janice is survived by her daughter, Jamie Jessica Ginsberg (Myron). Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 Johnson, 54, has earned a reputation for gaffes — and a Teflon-like ability to survive them — during a long political career. Washington Post, "Regret, relief at departure of Boris Johnson as top UK envoy," 10 July 2018 In addition to his wife and son, Curtiss is survived by his two sisters, Leona Persinger and Dorothy Curtiss, both residents of Washington state. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lou Curtiss, a key mentor to Tom Waits, Jack Tempchin and other musicians, has died at 79," 10 July 2018 Our Spirits Don't Speak English Our Spirits Don't Speak English is another documentary that like Unspoken, focuses on the first-hand experiences of the people that survived the boarding school system. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "10 Films That Show How the U.S. Has Mistreated Native Americans and Alaska Natives," 22 Nov. 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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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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