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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web However, lone ones sometimes venture farther south and can temporarily survive in freshwater. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2022 That means there could be key ingredients for life that may survive in the atmosphere. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 5 Aug. 2022 Alone features 10 contestants who attempt to survive in the harsh wilderness for the longest amount of time. al, 4 Aug. 2022 This means that for climate policy to survive in the long run, it should probably get enacted by Congress. Nives Dolsak And Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Recent laboratory work also shows that some typically terrestrial disease-causing parasites can survive in seawater and infect marine mammals. Michael Allen, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Aug. 2022 The UA System Division of Agriculture is focusing on teaching farmers how to survive the hot and dry conditions in a way that suits their operation, according to Ford. Remington Miller, Arkansas Online, 1 Aug. 2022 Hearty herbs — those with woody stems, such as rosemary and thyme — are made to survive in dry weather and are best kept that way. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 The Beavers likely need the Pac-12 to survive in order to remain in a Power Five conference. oregonlive, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for survive

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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