live

verb
\ ˈliv How to pronounce live (audio) \
lived; living

Essential Meaning of live

1 : to be alive We learned about the people who lived during colonial times. I wonder what it was like to live then. See More ExamplesShe's one of the greatest writers who ever lived. It was one of the largest animals that has ever lived.Hide
2 : to continue to be alive He lived to the age of 92. He's very sick and he may not live much longer. See More ExamplesI hope to live (long enough) to see my grandchildren grow up. 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. She's living on borrowed time. [=she is continuing to live after she was expected to die, but she will probably die soon] Long live the Queen/King! [=may the Queen/King live for many years]Hide
3 : to have a home in a specified place He lives next door to his parents. We lived in the city/suburbs/country. See More ExamplesI live on Main St. [=my house is on Main St.] It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. He's still living at home (with his parents). animals living in zoosHide

Full Definition of live

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
4a : 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 live — John 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 the boy who is mentally alert lives more in a day than a dull boy does in a monthBoy Scout Handbook
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
4a : to experience firsthand living a dream
b : to be thoroughly absorbed by or involved with she lives her work
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

live

adjective
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Definition of live (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
7a : not yet printed from or plated live type
b : not yet typeset live copy
8a : 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
b : broadcast directly at the time of production a live radio program
9 : being in play a live ball

live

adverb
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Definition of live (Entry 3 of 3)

: at the actual time of occurrence : during, from, or at a live production the program was broadcast live

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But experts and residents say much more is needed to live, work and play online for the long haul. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2021 Most foragers live pretty ordinary lives, other than their exemplary dinner plates, pantries, and larders. Beth Segal, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 New York City, though, contains multitudes, and a significant proportion of transit users don’t live by smartphone. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 1 Oct. 2021 The digital key will live within the Samsung Pass app, and is available for the Galaxy S21+ and Ultra, the Note 20 Ultra and the ZFold2 and 3. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 Patients must live at least 40 miles away and have a referral from their doctors. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 That was especially difficult for some employees who did not live close to the office, and not just on weekends. Kerry Flynn, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 But our treasured memories of him will live on, always. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Irina and Vicki live and work on a rural mountain retreat owned by their extended family, and run by their older cousins Sergiu (Mircea Silaghi) and Liviu (Mircea Postelnicu), both hard, abusive taskmasters. Guy Lodge, Variety, 30 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Additionally, Aymong helped supervise two of 30 Rock's live shows in 2010 and 2012. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 3 Oct. 2021 The public remains barred from the courtroom, and the court will continue to provide live audio of its arguments, an innovation prompted by the pandemic that would have been hard to imagine a couple years ago. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 This is our first experiment in a virtual/live format. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 Counsell did say Peralta and Woodruff would throw live bullpen sessions to hitters during the off time before the NLDS against Atlanta starts Friday at American Family Field. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2021 Tablet Command uses live vehicle GPS tracking to monitor where fire equipment is at all times. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Oct. 2021 Keep up with all of Friday night's Week 7 Indiana high school football action with our Indy-area live blog, featuring score updates and instant highlights from Central Indiana's biggest games. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Oct. 2021 One of the YouTube announcers erupted, screaming an obscenity into a live mic — long bombs beget F-bombs, apparently. Jason Lusk, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021 The exhibition also included a candlelight vigil Friday evening, a speech by Terrence Floyd, live painting with a world-renowned painter, and a dance party. Liam Reilly, CNN, 2 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The award ceremony will be streamed live on Discovery's Facebook page on October 17. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The show schedule will be live on Tuesdays at 8:30 and then on Sundays at 7:30 after the conclusion of the 4:25 p.m. game. Rashad Grove, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 But the website was live on Monday — a day before the election had ended or any results had been tabulated. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Lab/Shul NYC is live streaming its own small, in-person gathering. Ryan Prior, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 So many small college, mid-major and some big-name non-conference football games will be live streamed on ESPN Plusthis college football season, ESPN’s à la carte sports streaming service. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 The video was live streamed on Youtube where host Bokinni interviewed Felton, and played games and quizzes with fellow super fans. Keira Wingate, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 The event will also be live streamed to hundreds of virtual attendees around the globe. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 18 Aug. 2021 The 73rd Emmy Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, are airing live from 8-11 p.m. ET on CBS. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of live

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

History and Etymology for live

Verb

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

Adjective

short for alive

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“Live.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/live. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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live

verb
\ ˈliv How to pronounce live (audio) \
lived; living

Kids Definition of live

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be alive Dinosaurs lived long ago.
2 : to continue in life My grandmother lived to the age of 98.
3 : dwell sense 1 They live in Indiana.
4 : to spend life Let them live in peace.
live it up
: to live with great enthusiasm and excitement
live up to
: to be good enough to satisfy expectations

live

adjective
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Kids Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having life : alive If the public gets to know we've got a live dinosaur here, they'd be swarming all over the place …— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg
2 : broadcast at the time of production a live television program
3 : charged with an electric current a live wire
4 : burning usually without flame live coals
5 : not exploded a live bomb

live

intransitive verb
\ ˈliv How to pronounce live (audio) \
lived; living

Medical Definition of live

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

adjective
\ ˈlīv How to pronounce live (audio) \

Medical Definition of live (Entry 2 of 2)

: having life : living

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