Pronunciation Verb

live (lives, present participle living; past and past participle lived)

  1. (intransitive) To be alive; to have life.
    He's not expected to live for more than a few months.
  2. (intransitive) To have permanent residence somewhere, to inhabit, to reside.
    I live at 2a Acacia Avenue.  He lives in LA, but he's staying here over the summer.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗, page 16 ↗:
      Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
  3. (intransitive) To survive; to persevere; to continue.
    Her memory lives in that song.
  4. (intransitive, hyperbole) To cope.
    You'll just have to live with it!  I can't live in a world without you.
  5. (intransitive) To pass life in a specified manner.
    It is difficult to live in poverty.   And they lived happily ever after.
  6. (transitive) To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in, constantly or habitually.
    To live an idle or a useful life.
  7. (transitive) To act habitually in conformity with; to practice; to exemplify in one's way of life.
    • to live the Gospel
  8. (intransitive) To outlast danger; to float (said of a ship, boat, etc).
    No ship could live in such a storm.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      a strong mast that lived upon the sea
  9. (intransitive, followed by "on" or "upon") To maintain or support one's existence; to provide for oneself; to feed; to subsist.
    It is hard to live on the minimum wage.   They lived on stale bread.
  10. (intransitive, informal) To make the most of life; to experience a full, rich life.
    I'm sick of spending every day studying at home: I want to go out there and live!
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  • Russian: жить
  • Portuguese: viver
  • Russian: жить
  • Russian: вы́жить
Pronunciation Adjective

live (not comparable)

  1. (only used attributively) Having life; that is alive.
    The post office will not ship live animals.
  2. Being in existence; actual
    He is a live example of the consequences of excessive drinking.
  3. Having active properties; being energized.
  4. Operational; in actual use rather than in testing etc.
    1. (programming) Of an object or value: that may potentially be used in the future execution of a program.
      • Antonyms: dead
  5. Taken from a living animal.
    live feathers
  6. (engineering) Imparting power; having motion.
    the live spindle of a lathe
    a live, or driving, axle
  7. (sports) Still in active play.
    a live ball
  8. (broadcasting) Seen or heard from a broadcast, as it happens.
    The station presented a live news program every evening.
  9. Of a performance or speech, in person.
    This nightclub has a live band on weekends.
  10. (entertainment, performing) Recorded in front of an audience and not having been edited after recording.
    a live album
  11. Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm.
    The air force practices dropping live bombs on the uninhabited island.
  12. (circuitry) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched.
    Use caution when working near live wires.
  13. (poker) Being a bet which can be raised by the bettor, usually in reference to a blind or straddle.
    Tommy's blind was live, so he was given the option to raise.
  14. Featuring humans; not animated, in the phrases “live actors” or “live action”.
  15. Being in a state of ignition; burning.
    a live coal; live embers
  16. (obsolete) Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing.
    a live man, or orator
  17. (obsolete) Vivid; bright.
    • the live carnation
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  1. Of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct.
    The concert was broadcast live by radio.
  2. Of making a performance or speech, in person.
    He'll be appearing live at the auditorium.
Translations Noun

live (plural lives)

  1. (obsolete) life

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