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Meaning of live by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    From Old English libban, lifian ( “to live” )


    • enPR: lĭv, IPA: /lɪv/, X-SAMPA: /lIv/
    • Rhymes: -ɪv


    live ( third-person singular simple present lives present participle living, simple 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 .
      I live at 2a Acacia Avenue .
      He lives in LA, but he's staying here over the summer .
    3. ( intransitive ) To survive; to persevere; to continue .
      Her memory lives in that song .
    4. ( intransitive, hyperbolic ) To cope .
      You'll just have to live with it!
      I can't live in a world without you .
    5. ( 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 .
    6. ( transitive ) To act habitually in conformity with; to practice.
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    Etymology 2

    See alive


    • enPR: līv, IPA: /laɪv/, X-SAMPA: /laIv/
    • Rhymes: -aɪv


    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; being in actual use rather than in testing .
    5. ( broadcasting ) Seen or heard from a broadcast, as it happens .
      The station presented a live news program every evening .
    6. Of a performance or speech, in person .
      This night club has a live band on weekends .
    7. Of a recorded performance, made in front of an audience, or not having been edited after recording .
    8. Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm .
      The air force practices dropping live bombs on the uninhabited island .
    9. ( circuitry ) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched .
      Use caution when working near live wires .
    10. ( 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 .
    11. Featuring humans; not animated, in the phrases “live actors” or “live action” .
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    live ( comparative more live, superlative most live )

    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 .


    External links

    • live in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • live in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911