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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.


Similarunfilmed, untaped


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


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.


Similarliveborn, viable, vital

See alsoanimate

Attributealiveness, animation, animation, life, living, vitality


4. live highly reverberant

SamplesA live concert hall.


Antonymsnonresonant, unreverberant

5. live charged with an explosive

SamplesLive ammunition.
A live bomb.



6. live elastic; rebounds readily

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

Synonymsbouncy, lively, resilient, springy



7. live abounding with life and energy

SamplesThe club members are a really live bunch.


Domain usagecolloquialism


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.


Domain categoryprinting, printing process


9. live of current relevance

SamplesA live issue.
Still a live option.



10. live charged or energized with electricity

SamplesA hot wire.
A live wire.



Domain categoryelectricity


11. live capable of erupting

SamplesA live volcano.
The volcano is very much alive.




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.


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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