live

1 of 3

verb

lived; living; lives

intransitive verb

1
: to be alive : have the life of an animal or plant
one of the greatest writers who ever lived
2
: to continue alive
lived to a ripe and vigorous old age
3
: to maintain oneself : subsist
lived on rice and peas
see also live off
4
a
: to occupy a home : dwell
living in a shabby room
They had always lived in the country.
b
: to be located or stored
the silverware lives here
5
: to attain eternal life
though he die, yet shall he liveJohn 11:25 (Revised Standard Version)
6
: to conduct or pass one's life
lived only for his work
7
: to remain in human memory or record
… the past lives in us all …W. R. Inge
8
: to have a life rich in experience
"You haven't really lived until you've worn cashmere socks. …"Carson Kressley, quoted in Cosmopolitan
9
: cohabit
She lived with that actor for over a year.

transitive verb

1
: to pass through or spend the duration of
lived their lives alone
2
: act out, practice
often used with out
to live out their fantasies
3
: to exhibit vigor, gusto, or enthusiasm in
lived life to the fullest
4
a
: to experience firsthand
living a dream
b
: to be thoroughly absorbed by or involved with
she lives her work

live

2 of 3

adjective

1
a
: having life : living
a live lobster
b
: existing in fact or reality : actual
spoke to a real live celebrity
2
: exerting force or containing energy: such as
a
: afire, glowing
live coals
b
: connected to electric power
c
: charged with explosives and containing shot or a bullet
live ammunition
also : armed but not exploded
a live bomb
d
: imparting or driven by power
a live axle
e
: being in operation
a live microphone
3
: abounding with life : vivid
4
: being in a pure native state
5
: of bright vivid color
6
: of continuing or current interest
live issues
7
a
: not yet printed from or plated
live type
b
: not yet typeset
live copy
8
a
: of or involving a presentation (such as a play or concert) in which both the performers and an audience are physically present
a live record album
a nightclub with live entertainment
performed before a live audience
b
: of or relating to an event that is broadcast or reported as it is occurring
a live webcast
live sports/news coverage
posted live updates
The speech was broadcast on live television.
see also live stream entry 1, live streaming entry 2
c
: involving or relating to communication (as over the Internet) that occurs in real time
offers 24-7 live support
a live chat session
9
: being in play
a live ball

live

3 of 3

adverb

: at the actual time of occurrence : during, from, or at a live production
the program was broadcast live
Phrases
live it up
: to live with gusto and usually fast and loose
lived it up with wine and songNewsweek
live up to
: to act or be in accordance with
had no intention of living up to his promise
live with
: to put up with : accept, tolerate
had to live with their decision

Examples of live in a Sentence

Verb We learned about the people who lived during colonial times. I wonder what it was like to live then. She's one of the greatest writers who ever lived. It was one of the largest animals that has ever lived. He lived to the age of 92. He's very sick and he may not live much longer. I hope I live to see the day when you admit you've been wrong about me! I'll remember that day for as long as I live. He lives next door to his parents. We lived in the city. Adjective They object to the use of live animals in scientific experiments. a nightclub with live music She was nervous about being interviewed on live radio. The network is providing live coverage of the debate. Use caution when you are working near live electrical wires. Adverb The program was shown live. We are broadcasting live from downtown. Here he is—live in concert! The album was recorded live. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The law required him to hold her property in trust for her and her grandchildren, one of whom lived long enough that Robert E. Lee was still unwinding the estate in 1862. The Editors, National Review, 19 Feb. 2024 Enjoy Easter morning making pancakes together, or send the crate to your teen enjoying their first few years living away from home. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Many breeders believe that ball pythons’ history of living primarily belowground has preserved an array of mutations related to appearance. Rebecca Giggs, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 The 2024 People's Choice Awards airs live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET via NBC, Peacock and E!. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 Fang’s beehive and bird nest inspired handbags — utilizing 3D printing technology and exhibiting laser effect — embrace all living things in the natural world and are inspired by different forms of homes of the animal kingdom. Angela Lei, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 The house was built in 1950 and has a living area of 1,587 square feet. Bay Area Home Report, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 But the zoning board blocked the permit in March of last year after Winker filed an appeal on behalf of a couple who live close to the playhouse property, Anthony Vinciguerra and Courtney Berrien. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 19 Feb. 2024 Everyone was just so accepting and living their dreams. Ramin Setoodeh, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024
Adjective
In his first two live at-bats of the spring, new Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani went down on strikes. Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 In addition, more live sports are now exclusively available on streaming including the NFL. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Another quintet of live and moving roaches were under a kitchen prep table. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 Power is back on and all systems are up and running again, including the live camera. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 Philly fans will have their chance to see André 3000 bring his flute project New Blue Sun to the stage for a live performance. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 19 Feb. 2024 Dip down to the quiet village of Puerto Morelos for some local shopping or a beautiful alfresco meal complete with live music. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 He’s also reduced the physicality of his live show. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Online-betting company FanDuel expects to run the very last commercial before the official start of Super Bowl LVIII, and will use it for a live ad featuring former NFL great Rob Gronkowski trying to kick a field goal. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024
Adverb
For the first time, the SAG Awards will stream live globally on Netflix on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET from the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Clayton Davis, Variety, 21 Feb. 2024 Slayer haven’t performed live since wrapping up their farewell tour in November 2019, but that’s about to change soon. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 21 Feb. 2024 His lawyers, along with media organizations, have argued for a change in the federal rules to allow his Jan. 6 trial to be broadcast live. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 The game will be streamed live exclusively on Peacock. Zachary Folk, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 It will be filmed at his March 28 show, and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2024 The event will also be broadcast live online via the county’s news center at www.countynewscenter.com/. During last year’s address, Vargas pledged to boost housing, support small businesses and improve environmental health, among other things. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 More than 73 million people watched on their TV sets across the country, but only 728 individuals were lucky enough to witness the moment live and in person at CBS’ Studio 50. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 The punk-tinged song, released last month, is an intense rock number that is even more so live. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Old English libban; akin to Old High German lebēn to live

Adjective

short for alive

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of live was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Live.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/live. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

live

1 of 2 verb
lived; living
1
a
: to be alive
b
: to continue alive
2
: to keep oneself alive : subsist
lived on berries the whole time
courtiers living off the king
3
: to have a home : dwell
lives next door
4
: to pass one's life
live peacefully
5
: to show great enthusiasm or excitement in
lived life to the fullest
6
: to experience firsthand
living a dream

live

2 of 2 adjective
1
a
: having life : living
b
: existing in fact or reality : actual
spoke to a real live celebrity
2
a
: burning usually without flame
live coals
b
: carrying an electric current
a live wire
c
: not exploded
a live bomb
3
: of present or continuing interest
a live issue
4
a
: being present at the performance
a live audience
b
: broadcast at the time of production
a live television program
5
: being in play
a live ball

Medical Definition

live

1 of 2 intransitive verb
lived; living
1
: to be alive : have the life of an animal or plant
2
: to continue alive
lived for 50 years
3
: to maintain oneself
lives on a vegetarian diet
4
: to conduct or pass one's life
a parasite living in the body of a host

live

2 of 2 adjective
: having life : living

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