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English adjective: live

1. live actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing


SamplesA live television program.
Brought to you live from Lincoln Center.
Live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience.


Synonymsunrecorded


Similarunfilmed, untaped


Antonymsrecorded

2. live exerting force or containing energy


SamplesLive coals.
Tossed a live cigarette out the window.
Got a shock from a live wire.
Live ore is unmined ore.
A live bomb.
A live ball is one in play.


Similarin play, living


See alsoactive


Antonymsdead

3. live possessing life


SamplesThe happiest person alive.
The nerve is alive.
Doctors are working hard to keep him alive.
Burned alive.
A live canary.


Synonymsalive


Similarliveborn, viable, vital


See alsoanimate


Attributealiveness, animation, animation, life, living, vitality


Antonymsdead

4. live highly reverberant


SamplesA live concert hall.


Similarreverberant


Antonymsnonresonant, unreverberant

5. live charged with an explosive


SamplesLive ammunition.
A live bomb.


Similarloaded


Antonymsunloaded

6. live elastic; rebounds readily


SamplesClean bouncy hair.
A lively tennis ball.
As resilient as seasoned hickory.
Springy turf.


Synonymsbouncy, lively, resilient, springy


Similarelastic


Antonymsinelastic

7. live abounding with life and energy


SamplesThe club members are a really live bunch.


Similarlively


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsdull

8. live in current use or ready for use


SamplesLive copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread.


Similarcurrent


Domain categoryprinting, printing process


Antonymsnoncurrent

9. live of current relevance


SamplesA live issue.
Still a live option.


Similarcurrent


Antonymsnoncurrent

10. live charged or energized with electricity


SamplesA hot wire.
A live wire.


Synonymshot


Similarcharged


Domain categoryelectricity


Antonymsuncharged

11. live capable of erupting


SamplesA live volcano.
The volcano is very much alive.


Synonymsalive


Similaractive


Antonymsextinct


English adverb: live

1. live not recorded


SamplesThe opera was broadcast live.


English verb: live

1. live (stative) inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of


SamplesPeople lived in Africa millions of years ago.
The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted.
This kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean.
Deer are populating the woods.


Synonymsdwell, inhabit, populate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)bivouac, board, camp, camp out, cohabit, domicile, domiciliate, encamp, live together, lodge, lodge in, neighbor, neighbour, nest, occupy, overpopulate, people, reside, reside, room, shack, shack up, tenant, tent

2. live (stative) lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style


SamplesWe had to live frugally after the war.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Narrower (hyponym)bach, bachelor, buccaneer, bushwhack, cash out, dissipate, eke out, live down, move, pig, pig it, swing, unlive, vegetate, wanton


Entailbe, exist


Verb grouplive

3. live (stative) continue to live through hardship or adversity


SamplesWe went without water and food for 3 days.
These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America.
The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents.
How long can a person last without food and water?.


ExamplesThe business is going to live


Synonymsendure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live on, survive


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)hold up, hold water, live out, perennate, stand up


Entailbe, live


Verb groupbe, exist, live, live, subsist, survive

4. live (stative) support oneself


SamplesHe could barely exist on such a low wage.
Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?.
Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day.


Synonymsexist, subsist, survive


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s on something.
Somebody ----s PP


Narrower (hyponym)breathe, drift, freewheel


Verb groupendure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live, live on, survive

5. live (stative) have life, be alive


SamplesOur great leader is no more.
My grandfather lived until the end of war.


Synonymsbe


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Verb groupendure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live, live on, survive

6. live (cognition) have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations


SamplesI know the feeling!.
Have you ever known hunger?.
I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict.
The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare.
I lived through two divorces.


Synonymsexperience, know


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)experience, go through, see


Narrower (hyponym)live over, relive, taste

7. live (stative) pursue a positive and satisfying existence


SamplesYou must accept yourself and others if you really want to live.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Verb grouplive









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