- to have life, as an organism; be alive; be capable of vital functions: all things that live.
- to continue to have life; remain alive: to live to a ripe old age.
- to continue in existence, operation, memory, etc.; last: a book that lives in my memory.
- to maintain or support one's existence; provide for oneself: to live on one's income.
- to feed or subsist (usually followed by on or upon): to live on rice and bananas.
- to dwell or reside (usually followed by in, at, etc.): to live in a cottage.
- to pass life in a specified manner: They lived happily ever after.
- to direct or regulate one's life: to live by the golden rule.
- to experience or enjoy to the full: At 40 she was just beginning to live.
- to cohabit (usually followed by with).
- to escape destruction or remain afloat, as a ship or aircraft.
- to pass (life): to live a life of ease.
- to practice, represent, or exhibit in one's life: to live one's philosophy.
- live down, to live so as to allow (a mistake, disgrace, etc.) to be forgotten or forgiven: She'll never live that crucial moment of failure down.
- live in/out, to reside at or away from the place of one's employment, especially as a domestic servant: Their butler lives in, but the maids live out.
- live up to, to live in accordance with (expectations or an ideal or standard); measure up to: He never lived up to his father's vision of him.
- live high off/on the hog. hog(def 16).
- live it up, Informal. to live in an extravagant or wild manner; pursue pleasure: He started living it up after he got out of the army.
- live well, to live comfortably: They're not wealthy but they live well.
Origin of live1
- to show the characteristics of life; be alive
- to remain alive or in existence
- to exist in a specified wayto live poorly
- (usually foll by in or at) to reside or dwellto live in London
- (often foll by on) to continue or lastthe pain still lives in her memory
- (usually foll by by) to order one's life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
- (foll by on, upon, or by) to support one's style of life; subsistto live by writing
- (foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
- (foll by through) to experience and survivehe lived through the war
- (tr) to pass or spend (one's life, etc)
- to enjoy life to the fullhe knows how to live
- (tr) to put into practice in one's daily life; expresshe lives religion every day
- live and let live to refrain from interfering in others' lives; to be tolerant
- where one lives US informal in one's sensitive or defenceless position
- (prenominal) showing the characteristics of life
- (usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in lifethe live weight of an animal
- (usually prenominal) of current interest; controversiala live issue
- actuala real live cowboy
- informal full of life and energy
- (of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning
- (esp of a volcano) not extinct
- loaded or capable of explodinga live bomb
- radio television transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recordinga live show
- (of a record)
- recorded in concert
- recorded in one studio take, without overdubs or splicing
- connected to a source of electric powera live circuit
- (esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid
- acoustically reverberanta live studio
- sport (of a ball) in play
- (of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native
- being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member
- (of copy) not yet having been set into type
- (of type that has been set) still in use
- during, at, or in the form of a live performancethe show went out live
Word Origin and History for live up to
Old English lifian (Anglian), libban (West Saxon) "to be, to live, have life; to experience," also "to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition)," from Proto-Germanic *liben (cf. Old Norse lifa "to live, remain," Old Frisian libba, German leben, Gothic liban "to live"), from PIE root *leip- "to remain, continue" (cf. Greek liparein "to persist, persevere;" see leave). Meaning "to make a residence, dwell" is from c.1200. Related: Lived; living.
According to the Dutch Prouerbe ... Leuen ende laetan leuen, To liue and to let others liue. [Malynes, 1622]
To live it up "live gaily and extravagantly" is from 1903. To live up to "act in accordance with" is 1690s, from earlier live up "live on a high (moral or mental) level" (1680s). To live (something) down "outwear (some slander or embarrassment)" is from 1842. To live with "cohabit as husband and wife" is attested from 1749; sense of "to put up with" is attested from 1937. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.
1540s, "having life," later (1610s) "burning, glowing," a shortening of alive (q.v.). Sense of "containing unspent energy or power" (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799. Meaning "in-person" (of performance) is first attested 1934. Live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of "active person" is from 1903.
- Having life; alive.
- Capable of replicating in a host's cells.
- Containing living microorganisms or viruses capable of replicating in a host's cells.
Idioms and Phrases with live up to
live up to
Live or act in accordance with; also, measure up to. For example, Children rarely live up to their parents' ideals, or This new technology has not lived up to our expectations. [Late 1600s]
Carry out, fulfill, as in She certainly lived up to her end of the bargain. [First half of 1800s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with live
- live and learn
- live and let live
- live by one's wits
- live dangerously
- live down
- live for the moment
- live from day to day
- live from hand to mouth
- live happily ever after
- live high off the hog
- live in
- live in each other's pockets
- live in sin
- live it up
- live like a king
- live on
- live on borrowed time
- live on the edge
- live out
- live through
- live together
- live up to
- live wire
- live with