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alive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of alive

  1. 1 having or showing life after crashing into the plate glass window the little bird was not only still alive, it seemed merely dazed Synonyms of alive animate, breathing, live, living, quick Words Related to alive active, animated, dynamic, lively, thriving, vibrant, vigorous, vital, vivacious; current, existent, existing, extant, going, prevailing, surviving; resurrected Near Antonyms of alive dying, fading, moribund; stillborn; reposing, resting; ghostlike, ghostly, ghosty, zombielike; absent, extinct, fallen, finished, gone, lapsed, lost, nonexistent, perished, terminated, vanished, wiped out; barren, desert Antonyms of alive asleep, breathless, cold, dead, deceased, defunct, departed, expired, inanimate, lifeless, nonliving

  2. 2 marked by much life, movement, or activity the mall was alive with holiday shoppers Synonyms of alive aboil, abubble, abuzz, animated, astir, brisk, bustling, busy, buzzing, flourishing, happening, hopping, humming, kinetic, lively, rousing, stirring, thriving, vibrant Words Related to alive abounding, crowded, overflowing, populous, swarming, teeming, thronging Antonyms of alive asleep, dead, inactive, lifeless, sleepy

  3. 3 being in effective operation kept the cause of peace alive despite severe setbacks in relations between the two nations Synonyms of alive active, functional, functioning, going, live, living, on, operating, operational, operative, running, workingWords Related to alive effective, effectual; employable, operable, usable (also useable), viable, workable; performing, producing, productive, serving, useful, yielding; astir, bustling, busy, dynamic, flourishing, humming, roaring, thrivingNear Antonyms of alive deactivated, decommissioned; ineffective, ineffectual, useless; inoperable, unusable, unworkable; arrested, asleep, dormant, fallow, idle, inert, latent, lifeless, nonproductive, quiescent, sleepy, stagnating, unproductive, vegetatingAntonyms of alive broken, dead, inactive, inoperative, kaput (also kaputt), nonactivated, nonfunctional, nonfunctioning, nonoperating, nonoperational, nonoperative

  4. 4 having being at the present time insists that her new boyfriend is the handsomest guy alive Synonyms of alive extant, around, existent, existing, livingWords Related to alive active, busy, flourishing, functioning, operating, workingNear Antonyms of alive defunct, destroyed, exterminated, kaput (also kaputt); departed, gone, lost; nonexistent; idle, inactive, inertAntonyms of alive dead, extinct, nonextant

  5. 5 having specified facts or feelings actively impressed on the mind alive to the need for major improvements in the school system Synonyms of alive conscious, apprehensive, aware, cognizant, mindful, sensible, sentient, ware, wittingWords Related to alive alert, attentive, careful, cautious, heedful, observant, open-eyed, regardful, safe, vigilant, wary, watchful, wide-awake; hyperaware, hyperconsciousNear Antonyms of alive careless, heedless, inattentive, incautious, mindless, unguarded, unheeding, unwaryAntonyms of alive insensible, oblivious, unaware, unconscious, unmindful, unwitting

Synonym Discussion of alive

aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, alive, awake mean having knowledge of something. aware implies vigilance in observing or alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences.
    • aware of changes in climate
cognizant implies having special or certain knowledge as from firsthand sources.
    • not fully cognizant of the facts
conscious implies that one is focusing one's attention on something or is even preoccupied by it.
    • conscious that my heart was pounding
sensible implies direct or intuitive perceiving especially of intangibles or of emotional states or qualities.
    • sensible of a teacher's influence
alive adds to sensible the implication of acute sensitivity to something.
    • alive to the thrill of danger
awake implies that one has become alive to something and is on the alert.
    • a country always awake to the threat of invasion

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