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 Apparently two eggs were not fertile or did not survive. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tiny box source of amusement, sorrow, wonder over the years," 15 May 2021 The driver of the motorcycle received CPR at the scene and did not survive, State Police tweeted. BostonGlobe.com, "One person dead, another flown to hospital, following motorcycle crash in Belchertown," 15 May 2021 However, when the pandemic caused many retailers to close or become limited, and many shoppers were unwilling to shop in physical stores and locations, businesses had to quickly pivot to D2C in order to survive. Forbes, "The Direct To Consumer Revolution Is Here," 10 May 2021 With no federal aid and no way to make an income, the farm had to take on debt in order to survive, said Tom Bates, Miller’s business partner and co-owner of the farm. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "North Texas egg farm lands deal with major grocer after winter storm damage," 7 May 2021 For a world grown accustomed to division and facing significant challenges ahead, the Brood X cicadas’ emergence can remind us to rise together in order to survive. Dwight Weingarten, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bug-eyed about invading cicadas? They might teach you some life lessons.," 4 May 2021 The insurrection was an existential crisis—a test of whether our democracy could survive. Tim Darnell, ajc, "READ: Full text of President Joe Biden’s first speech before Congress," 29 Apr. 2021 The insurrection was an existential crisis—a test of whether our democracy could survive. USA TODAY, "Read the full transcript from President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress," 29 Apr. 2021 The insurrection was an existential crisis—a test of whether our democracy could survive. CBS News, "Full text: Biden's speech before a joint session of Congress," 28 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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18 May 2021

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“Survive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survive. Accessed 18 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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