- 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 surviving
The crew wear parachutes and surviving vehicle breakup would then be a matter of chance as to whether or not you get thrown free.Can Anyone Make Space Safe for Civilians?
November 4, 2014
The gosling's best chance at surviving the jump is to bounce off the cliff on its soft belly.Barnacle Gosling’s Death-Defying Cliff Dive
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 28, 2014
Without such action, they fear, many of their surviving troops may be lured into the ranks of ISIS.The Battle for Aleppo: A Decisive Fight for ISIS, Assad, and the USA
October 25, 2014
He spoke of surviving a stabbing in 1958 when a woman attacked him at a book-signing.Tavis Smiley Humanely Chronicles MLK’s Sad Last Year
October 16, 2014
“Lying in that little ball you focus on surviving every second,” Brand recalls to The Daily Beast.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
The only surviving son became a partner with his father in 1866.Cleveland Past and Present
You and your ten surviving scoundrels are a menace on this ship.Captain Blood
The longer you delay the more you decrease your chances of surviving.The Clock that Had no Hands
This sphinx is the surviving testimonial of the eventful catastrophe.Pagan and Christian Rome
He was married in his eighteenth year; and he has three surviving children.
- (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 surviving
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.