- to remain alive after the death of someone, the cessation of something, or the occurrence of some event; continue to live: Few survived after the holocaust.
- to remain or continue in existence or use: Ancient farming methods still survive in the Middle East.
- to get along or remain healthy, happy, and unaffected in spite of some occurrence: She's surviving after the divorce.
- to continue to live or exist after the death, cessation, or occurrence of: His wife survived him. He survived the operation.
- to endure or live through (an affliction, adversity, misery, etc.): She's survived two divorces.
Origin of survive
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Examples from the Web for survive
We've managed to survive, and I want to be a part of that tradition.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Of the ones that do survive, some will be too disillusioned to carry out an attack.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists
December 15, 2014
The longtime pals—and co-stars of The Interview—stripped down and tried to survive on the Discovery Channel reality series.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious
December 8, 2014
To survive on such low pay, she and her 11-year-old son share a house with another woman and four children.Care Providers Fight for $15 and a Union
Jasmin Almodovar, Shirley Thompson
December 5, 2014
The participants want to win—or at least they want to survive, and when losing means dying, winning is the only way to survive.The Hunger Games Economy
November 29, 2014
There are too many things which survive which ought to be killed off.Understanding the Scriptures
He should survive, even if the event were indefinitely postponed.Quaint Courtships
She could not understand how Kingozi managed to survive ten hours day after day.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Granada may yet survive, if monarch and people unite together.Leila, Complete
I cancel the oath now, for the knowledge of it should survive his life and mine.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- (tr) to live after the death of (another)he survived his wife by 12 years
- to continue in existence or use after (a passage of time, an adversity, etc)
- informal to endure (something)I don't know how I survive such an awful job
Word Origin and History for survive
early 15c., "act or condition of one person outliving another," originally in the legal (inheritance) sense, from Anglo-French survivre, Old French souvivre, from Latin supervivere "live beyond, live longer than," from super "over, beyond" (see super-) + vivere "to live" (see vivid). Related: Survived; surviving.