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 Now, in addition to trying to woo more progressive members who aren't happy with the new price tag, Democrats may end up duking it out over which priorities survive the reductions, and which need to be altered or eliminated. Aj Willingham, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 To survive, and build listenership, the station needed a younger and more diverse audience. Steve Knopper, Billboard, 4 Oct. 2021 Health is truly fundamental for children to not just survive but to thrive. Vanessa Kerry, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Even though November isn’t the peak time to be planting, there are still lots of vegetables and flowers that can be grown that will be able to survive and yield a good harvest. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 1 Oct. 2021 The blockers enabled Wentz, who’d started all 16 games as a rookie out of North Dakota State, to survive and grow despite the jump in competition. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 Can humanity survive and, if so, how can the survivors make civilization better? cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 Genetic diversity ensures that a species can survive and adapt to changing conditions. Craig Pittman, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021 That helped small businesses survive and positioned China well for rebounding exports. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 28 Aug. 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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9 Oct 2021

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

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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