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Meaning of survive by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Anglo-Norman survivre, Old French survivre, from Late Latin supervivere ( “to outlive” ), from Latin super ( “over” ) + vivere ( “to live” ), akin to vita ( “life” ); see vivid. Compare devive, revive .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /səˈvʌɪv/
    • ( US ) IPA: /sɚˈvaɪv/
    • Rhymes: -aɪv


    survive ( third-person singular simple present survives present participle surviving, simple past and past participle survived )

    1. ( intransitive ) Of a person, to continue to live; to remain alive .
    2. ( intransitive ) Of an object or concept, to continue to exist .
    3. ( transitive ) To live longer than; to outlive.
    4. ( transitive ) To live past a life-threatening event .
      He did not survive the accident .


    External links

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


Explanation of survive by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. support oneself

    2. continue to live through hardship or adversity

    3. These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America
    4. live longer than

    5. continue in existence after ( an adversity, etc. )

    6. He survived the cancer against all odds

    Definition of survive by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Survive v. t. [imp. & p. p. Survived ; p. pr. & vb. n. Surviving.] [F. survivre, L. supervivere; super over + vivere to live. See Super-, and Victuals.] To live beyond the life or existence of; to live longer than; to outlive; to outlast; as, “to survive a person or an event”. Cowper.

      I'll assure her of

      Her widowhood, be it that she survive me,

      In all my lands and leases whatsoever. Shak.

    2. Survive, v. i. To remain alive; to continue to live.

      Thy pleasure,

      Which, when no other enemy survives,

      Still conquers all the conquerors. Sir J. Denham.

      Alike are life and death,

      When life in death survives. Longfellow.