living (used for emphasis): the proudest man alive.
Idioms about alive
alive to, alert or sensitive to; aware of: City planners are alive to the necessity of revitalizing deteriorating neighborhoods.
alive with, filled with living things; swarming; teeming: The room was alive with mosquitoes.
look alive! pay attention! move quickly!: Look alive! We haven't got all day.
- a·live·ness, noun
- half-a·live, adjective
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How to use alive in a sentence
More effective disinfection on planes should reduce the transmission of coronavirus via surfaces, such as armrests, where virus left behind by an infected person can stay alive for hours.American Airlines touts a new tool to combat COVID. But does it really make flying safer? | dzanemorris | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
To keep females in the breeding stock alive, the company adds the antibiotic tetracycline to the water where the larvae dangle rump-up before transitioning to aerial adulthood.Genetically modified mosquitoes have been OK’d for a first U.S. test flight | Susan Milius | August 22, 2020 | Science News
From around 29,700 to 18,530 years ago, when the animal that yielded nuclear DNA was alive, breeding woolly rhinos numbered about 10,600, the team estimates.Climate change, not hunters, may have killed off woolly rhinos | Bruce Bower | August 13, 2020 | Science News
It was helpful to first calculate the probability of keeping the streak alive — that is, getting at least one hit in a game.
It is important that customers know that you are alive and in control of the situation on your side.
The distinction between over-policing and non-responsiveness was alive and well in Bed-Stuy.
Their logic: the sea-creature would come alive and drink up any remaining alcohol.
According to the AP, as of October, there were only four people still alive who be affected by this legislation.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive | Ben Jacobs | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After all, unlike the other vaccines currently in the pipeline, this one is alive and replication-competent.
Shakur remains very much alive, along with Hill, Morales, LeBeef and the others.
On the thirteenth of the same month they bound to the stake, in order to burn alive, a man who had two religious in his house.
To-day I'm more dead than alive, as we had a lesson from him yesterday that lasted four hours.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Sometimes the child lay so still that Aristide arose to see whether he was alive.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
So far as their thought is still alive these men will come into the discussion of living questions now.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
If they are still Moderns and alive, I defy you to bury them if you are discussing living questions in a full and honest way.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for alive
(of people, animals, plants, etc) living; having life
in existence; active: they kept hope alive; the tradition was still alive
(immediately postpositive and usually used with a superlative) of those living; now living: the happiest woman alive
full of life; lively: she was wonderfully alive for her age
(usually foll by with) animated: a face alive with emotion
(foll by to) aware (of); sensitive (to)
(foll by with) teeming (with): the mattress was alive with fleas
electronics another word for live 2 (def. 11)
alive and kicking (of a person) active and in good health
look alive! hurry up! get busy!
- aliveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with alive
In addition to the idioms beginning with alive
- alive and kicking
- alive to
- alive with
- come alive
- eat someone alive
- look alive
- more dead than alive
- skin alive
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